Thursday, June 30, 2011

Here Be a Dragon


An artist's concept of the SpaceX Dragon capsule. Image source: SpaceX.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule that orbited the Earth last December will be on display at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum's History Center through July 10, according to the museum's web site.

To quote from the web site:

The SpaceX Dragon Capsule successfully launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December 2010, achieved orbit and was recovered, making it the first commercial spacecraft ever to do so. With an additional NASA demonstration flight slated for fall 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), SpaceX will become the first U.S. commercial launch services company to successfully demonstrate and execute U.S. based cargo transport capability to the International Space Station. Dragon is also the first commercially-manufactured, human-rated transport vehicle, and may serve as a critical U.S. asset in the country’s next-generation space exploration initiatives.

The actual SpaceX Dragon from that historic flight will be on display at the Air Force Space and Missile History Center from 2 July 2011 to 10 July 2011. During this period, the History Center will be open extended hours every day (including Monday, July 4th) between 9AM and 5PM.

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