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Space Milestone: Date Set For First Private Flight To ISS

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In this handout image provided by NASA, the International Space Station photographed by a crew member on board the space shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft performed rendezvous and docking operations on the STS-135 mission's third day in Earth orbit July 10, 2011 in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

In this handout image provided by NASA, the International Space Station photographed by a crew member on board the space shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft performed rendezvous and docking operations on the STS-135 mission’s third day in Earth orbit July 10, 2011 in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

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End Of An Era

CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) — Cape Canaveral will be the site of the launch of the first commercially built space capsule to the International Space Station.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, plans to launch its Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral on April 30. The Dragon will take a few days to get to the space station.

The launch was delayed from February for additional testing.

It will be the first time a private company launches space station supplies. It will also be the first U.S. delivery since NASA’s space shuttles stopped flying last year. Unmanned cargo ships from Russia, Europe and Japan are filling the void.

The billionaire founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, wants to provide rides to the space station for American astronauts in the next few years. NASA astronauts currently are hitching rides on Russian vessels.

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