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|Subject: Private enterprise takes over from NASA||Date: 10/8/2012 8:22 AM|
|Author: captainccs||Number: 64115 of 70663|
Obama's NASA was diverted from space to Islam giving private enterprise a foothold in space.
Liftoff! SpaceX Dragon Launches 1st Private Space Station Cargo Mission
By Tariq Malik | SPACE.com – 11 hrs ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A privately built rocket lit up the night sky over Florida Sunday (Oct. 7) to kick off the first-ever cargo delivery trip to the International Space Station by a robotic, American-made spacecraft.
The unmanned Dragon space capsule, built by the commercial spaceflight firm SpaceX, roared into space atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket from a launch pad here at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, beginning a three-day flight to the space station. Liftoff occurred at 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 Monday GMT).
The mission is the first of a dozen SpaceX cargo flights under a $1.6 billion deal with NASA for its Commercial Resupply Services program. This flight, being the first mission, is dubbed SpaceX CRS-1 and is expected to arrive at the orbiting lab on Wednesday morning (Oct. 7).
Being crew-less it it a lot less expensive that the space shuttle.
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