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Private Rocket Launch Vindicates Commercial Spaceflight Model

SpaceX's first space station-bound Dragon spacecraft, flying atop a Falcon 9 rocket, launches behind a high fidelity mockup of the space shuttle, NASA's previous means of delivering cargo to International Space Station. Liftoff occurred on May

SpaceX makes space history

International Space Station astronauts entered the SpaceX Dragon capsule on May 26. The launch of the Dragon atop a Falcon 9 rocket marked the first time a private company sent its own rocket to deliver supplies to the station.