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First Commercial Cargo Craft to ISS
5.25.2012
 
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers used the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to grapple and berth SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module May 25, three days after the spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a history-making mission as the first commercial vehicle to deliver cargo to the outpost. Dragon will spend six days berthed to Harmony, enabling the crew to unload supplies for the station’s residents before it is re-grappled and released to return to Earth for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California. Includes footage of the Dragon grapple and berthing. Also includes interview excerpts from the mission status press briefing.

TRT: 00:
Mike Suffredini, NASA ISS Program Manager
Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX
Center Contact: Rob Navias, 281-483-5111
HQ Contact: Joshua Buck, 202-358-1100
www.nasa.gov/station


 Mike Suffredini, ISS Program Manager

“My congratulations to the SpaceX team, they did a fantastic job not only designing both the launcher and the spacecraft, but operating them, and also to the NASA team. “
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 Mike Suffredini,  ISS Program Manager

“I can’t tell you how proud we are to have a part of this historic moment. Many times as program manager of this program, I have stood in front of you and talked about historical moment’s things we’ve done that have never been done before and this rates right at the top. “
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 Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX

 “It’s just fantastic day and I think a great day for the country and the world. This really is going to be recognized as a significantly historical step forward in space travel."
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