Tuesday, February 3, 2015

There Be a Dragon

The COTS-2 SpaceX Dragon approaches the International Space Station on May 25, 2012. Image source: Wikipedia.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced today that the SpaceX Dragon that flew to the International Space Station in May 2012 will be on display February 6 through 9.

According to the press release:

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that made history in May 2012 as the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS) will be on display for four days only — Friday, Feb. 6 through Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 — at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Since this first flight, SpaceX has completed five of 12 official ISS resupply missions for NASA. Dragon is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. Previously, only government spacecraft were used to deliver and retrieve cargo from the ISS.

The actual spacecraft used in May 2012 to visit the ISS will be on display at NASA Central, just outside the Visitor Complex’s Space Shop. Guests are welcome to take photos with the authentic space-flown spacecraft.

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