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SarasotaRepub
05-22-2012, 08:08 AM
Great going!!! (http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/22/tech/us-spacex/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)



By Michael Pearson, CNN
updated 7:58 AM EDT, Tue May 22, 2012


(CNN) -- A new era in space exploration dawned Tuesday as a slender rocket powered into the dark Florida sky before sunrise, carrying the first private spacecraft bound for the International Space Station.

"We're now back on the brink of a new future, a future that embraces the innovation the private sector brings to the table," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "The significance of this day cannot be overstated."

The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:44 a.m., carrying 1,300 pounds of food, clothing and scientific experiments on a demonstration mission to gauge the company's ability to safely and efficiently deliver supplies to astronauts staffing the orbiting station.


Most excellent!!! Can strip mining the Moon be far behind???? MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!

Bailey
05-22-2012, 08:37 AM
not a chance this will go anywhere except for stuff like short trips. Just wish our space program had the fire it had in the 60's

Bailey
05-22-2012, 08:39 AM
I am shocked the US Air-force hasn't com up with a orbiter or space plane yet.

SarasotaRepub
05-22-2012, 07:05 PM
I am shocked the US Air-force hasn't com up with a orbiter or space plane yet.


You think they haven't??? :friendly_wink: