The eagle has landed or, in this case, the Dragon has been snagged. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station snared the SpaceX’s commercial supply ship Dragon Wednesday morning after a two and a half day flight from Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX’s Falcon rocket roared into space Sunday evening from Cape Canaveral carrying a Dragon capsule packed with supplies for the International Space Station.
The world’s first commercial supply ship to the International Space Station is on its way back to Earth. Astronauts set the SpaceX Dragon loose after a five-day visit, releasing the vessel with the space station’s robot arm.
2011 marked the end of an era as NASA retired its manned space shuttles after 30 years in space. As the shuttles were packed off for their final resting places in a handful of museums, NASA turned its attention to the future of manned space travel and possibly trips to an asteroid and Mars.
The space shuttle Discovery will leave the International Space Station Monday for an expected landing in Florida, but before they could leave, they had to help take out the garbage.