SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in pictures

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in pictures

Summary: SpaceX is preparing to launch the first private-sector flight to the International Space Station. Its Falcon 9 rocket will launch its Dragon capsule at the beginning of May

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Astronauts aboard the Dragon capsule

    Dragon's mission to the Internatonal Space Station is actually a safety test for future passenger flights. Seven people can fit in Dragon with three seated in front and four standing.

    Here, NASA astronauts try out the seating — and standing — arrangements.

    Image credit: NASA

  • Capsule falls back to Earth

    NASA believes that one of the biggest advantages of SpaceX's Dragon capsule is that it is planned to be reuseable, similar to the space shuttles.

    Here is a test of its capsule falling back to Earth.

    This story originally appeared as NASA set to go commercial with SpaceX on

    Image credit: NASA

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Topic: Emerging Tech

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