With astronauts stationed at the ISS, a need arose for spacecraft to transport cargo to and from space, which is starting to be done by commercial companies. Commercial rockets can also launch payloads, such as satellites. NASA contracted with SpaceX to carry cargo to the International Space Station which it plans to do in the months ahead. Seen here is recovery of the Dragon craft. SpaceX was the first private company to retrieve a craft from orbit. See more images about SpaceX here.
April 14, 2012 3:59 AM PDT
Photo by: SpaceX
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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