SpaceX capsule: Nasa astronauts enter the Dragon after historic docking

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 08:30 in Astronomy & Space

Astronauts at the International Space Station have a week to unload supplies from the privately-funded SpaceX DragonAstronauts have entered the Dragon for the first time, a day after the privately-funded capsule made history by successfully docking at the International Space Station.Nasa's Don Pettit popped into the cargo vessel at 5.53am ET, remarking that it smelled like a brand new car and reminded him of a pick-up truck.Pettit and other crew members have a week to unload the Dragon's supplies – food, clothes and other supplies – before it is is scheduled to return to earth.The capsule was sent into orbit by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the first private company to launch a mission to the ISS.Its berthing on Friday was met by cheers by staff at SpaceX headquarters in California.Elon Musk, the PayPal entrepreneur behind the project, described the event as a "great day for the country and the world".He...

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