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May 22, 2017 - Magic Dragon

Magic Dragon  Five years ago this week, the Space Exploration Technologies Company, more commonly known as SpaceX, made history when its Dragon capsule became the first commercially developed space vehicle to be launched to the International Space Station. Dragon joined Russian, European, and Japanese resupply craft that service the complex, and it restored a U.S. capability to deliver cargo to the orbital laboratory. In this image, The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is about to be grappled by the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm (partially visible at bottom). Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers grappled Dragon at 9:56 AM (EDT) and used the robotic arm to berth Dragon to the Earth-facing side of the station’s Harmony node at 12:02 PM, May 25, 2012.

Image credit: NASA

Weekly Calendar

May 22 - 28, 2017

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

 

Monday 22

Victoria Day (Canada)

Venus 2° north of Moon

1969: Apollo 10 lunar module descends to within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface
2012: Dragon C2+ spacecraft launched, first commercial mission to dock with ISS

Tuesday 23

Mercury 1.6° north of Moon
Uranus 4° north of Moon

1984: NASA selects 10th astronaut group

Wednesday 24

1962: Aurora 7 launched

Moon phase Thursday 25

Ascension Day

New Moon 3:44 PM ET
Moon at perigee

1961: JFK challenges nation to Moon landing before end of decade
1965: Saturn SA-8 launched
1966: Roll-out of first full-scale Saturn V
1973: Skylab 2 begins 28-day mission
2008: Phoenix lander lands on Mars

Moon phase Friday 26

Mars 5° north of Moon

1951Sally Ride born

Moon phase Saturday 27

2009Soyuz TMA-15 launched carrying ISS Expedition 20/21 crew

Moon phase Sunday 28

1959: First primates in space, Able and Baker (monkeys), complete suborbital flight
1964: SA-6 launched, second Saturn I Block 2
2013Soyuz TMA-09M launched carrying ISS Expedition 36/37 crew
2014Soyuz TMA-13M launched carrying ISS Expedition 40/41 crew

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