Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dragon Docks and Orion Prepares to Fly

Hey Space Placers!

Dragon (see yesterday's blog) successfully docked at the ISS today at 8:56 a.m. EST after being grappled by the Station's Canadarm at 5:31 a.m. EST. Over 1200 pounds of supplies will be brought aboard and experiments and trash will be loaded in the Drago capsule for return to Earth on March 21.

Some other great U.S. MANNED space exploration news is that NASA's Orion spacecraft is on schedule for a September 2014 test flight. The first American spacecraft designed to go beyond low earth orbit (LEO) since the Apollo moonship, Orion is being prepared as well as ground facilities to support the spacecraft.

Orion will be capable of going to the Moon, Mars and asteroids once the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is built, currently slated for 2017. Read More ABout It:

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