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A Dragon in the Sky: Space X

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As the docking attempt between the Dragon cargo vehicle and the International Space Station gets underway, here are some of the latest images, plus the LIVE stream to the Dragon/ISS docking at the bottom! [Note: recorded video of final moments of capture by ISS arm now added below]

Dragon capsule during 'fly-under' of ISS at a distance of 2.4 kilometers (May 24th 2012). Image taken from ISS (NASA). Click for bigger view.

…and shortly before this fly-under took place the ISS crew took this amazing video (below):

Dragon in the sky (or rather above the sky).

And added here below is livestream of Dragon approach to ISS (Friday 25th May 2012, 8.50 am):

Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at

And recorded footage of arm capture:

Caleb A. Scharf About the Author: Caleb Scharf is the director of Columbia University's multidisciplinary Astrobiology Center. He has worked in the fields of observational cosmology, X-ray astronomy, and more recently exoplanetary science. His books include Gravity's Engines (2012) and The Copernicus Complex (2014) (both from Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux.) Follow on Twitter @caleb_scharf.

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  1. 1. jtdwyer 10:48 am 05/25/2012


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  2. 2. Carlyle 4:42 pm 05/27/2012

    This is just fantastic.

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  3. 3. CharlieinNeedham 10:32 am 05/28/2012

    One small step for a Dragon.

    One giant leap for American free enterprise.

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  4. 4. Quinn the Eskimo 1:14 am 05/29/2012

    This proves the irrelevancy that NASA has become.

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  5. 5. caleb_scharf 2:35 pm 05/29/2012

    Just to point out, this happened *because* NASA and SpaceX entered into an unprecedented partnership, with NASA footing much of the bill, and providing a small piece of hardware called the International Space Station, plus all of their global ground support network. So, SpaceX is amazing, but NASA is too.

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