Wordless Wednesday: Up Close with SpaceX Dragon Capsule

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SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Flew in Space, Dec. 8, 2010

SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Flew in Space, Dec. 8, 2010

After three decades, we said goodbye to the space shuttle program last month but it’s important to remember it’s not the end of NASA or space exploration. Following Atlantis’ launch on July 8, I headed over to the Air Force Space and Missile History Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to get a look at the SpaceX Dragon Capsule that was briefly on display.

SpaceX is a space transport company that was selected by NASA to resupply the International Space Station now that the space shuttle program has retired. The Dragon capsule was flown in space on Dec. 8, 2010. I was an arm’s length away from something that was in space! Yeah, pretty cool for this geeky gal!

Just my luck. During my visit I saw former NASA astronaut Dr. Garrett Reisman who is now a senior engineer with SpaceX and was speaking with a group of VIPs about SpaceX’s future.

Reisman seemed excited about the next chapter of space exploration by commercial entities and said it was important to him that the end of the space shuttle didn’t mean the end of Americans in space.

Enjoy these snapshots of SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule and read more about SpaceX here.

 

Former NASA Astronaut Now SpaceX Engineer Garrett Reisman with Dragon Capsule, July 8, 2011

Former NASA Astronaut Now SpaceX Engineer Garrett Reisman with Dragon Capsule, July 8, 2011

 

Up Close to SpaceX's Dragon Capsule. Yeah, Super Cool!

Up Close to SpaceX's Dragon Capsule. Yeah, Super Cool!

 

Hatch of SpaceX's Dragon Capsule, July 8, 2011

Hatch of SpaceX's Dragon Capsule, July 8, 2011

Me in an Astronaut Sandwich Between Garrett Reisman and Leland Melvin, NASA Tweetup, Kennedy Space Center, April 29, 2011

Me in an Astronaut Sandwich Between Garrett Reisman and Leland Melvin, NASA Tweetup, Kennedy Space Center, April 29, 2011

 

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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