Thursday, June 7, 2012

Space X's Historic Dragon Mission to the International Space Station

I had planned to write a few hundred words about Space X's recent successful mission to the ISS and back. Instead, I got sidetracked marveling at the many magnificent pictures that document this  mission.

So this looks like a good time to let pictures tell the story. Enjoy.

The mission in pictures - all photo credits: SpaceX and NASA unless noted otherwise.

Dragon atop its Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad on May 18, 2012

IGNITION! and LIFTOFF at 3:44 a.m. EDT on May 22, 2012 from launch pad 40
at Kennedy Space Center

Falcon vs. gravity well

~ Falcon wins ~

A view of Falcon 9 launching behind Space Shuttle Enterprise at Kennedy Space Center

It looks just like the Space Shuttle from here!

Dragon, solar panels deployed, in orbit over Namibia

Dragon over the Rocky Mountains

Dragon approaches the International Space Station - May 25, 2012

Historic moment ~ Dragon fully docked at the ISS for the first time, May 25, 2012

Dragon's main chutes are visible as it splashes down several hundred miles off the Coast of Baja California on May 31, 2012

First shot of Dragon floating in the ocean after splashdown

Dragon arrives at the Port of Los Angeles, June 5, 2012

Dragon is heading to Space X's facility in McGregor, TX for unloading

And, might I add that those scorch marks are totally cool!