5, 4, 3, 2, 1...LIFT OFF! SpaceX Rocket On It's Way To Milestone - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

5, 4, 3, 2, 1...LIFT OFF! SpaceX Rocket On It's Way To Milestone Mission

MSNBC.COM - A private space capsule called Dragon soared into the predawn sky Tuesday, riding a pillar of flame like its beastly namesake on a history-making trip to the International Space Station.

The unmanned capsule, built by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX venture, is the first non-governmental spacecraft to launch to the space station, ushering in a new era of partnership between the public and private spaceflight programs.

"I think this is an example of American entrepreneurship at its best," Alan Lindenmoyer, manager of NASA's commercial crew and cargo program, said in a briefing before the launch. About 100 VIP guests were on hand to witness liftoff, NASA officials said. click here to read more

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