SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule are officially in orbit around earth. After a aborted launch earlier today, Falcon 9 launched into space! From what I saw (and heard) from the live feed, both stages preformed they way they were designed to, and unlike the Ares I-X launch back in October, which some say was just a show, this launch is a significant step forward for the space industry. Falcon 9 is the rocket that will be resupplying the International Space Station after the Space Shuttle is retired later this year. I consider this to be an important milestone for the private spaceflight industry. Hopefully it will help convince those in Congress who are skeptical about President Obama’s proposed changes to NASA’s future that the private spaceflight industry has the ability carry out his plans.
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