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First private company in history heads to space station

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 3:42pm

For the first time in NASA's history a private company is headed to the International Space Station.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night sky at the Kennedy Space Center early this morning as it carried an unmanned "Dragon" capsule into space.

This morning's launch came a day after the first attempt was scrubbed at the last second due to a computer warning.

Today it was all-systems go as the rocket's launch made a statement to the world about the new nasa.

NASA chose SpaceX, the company founded by Pay-Pal billionaire Elon Musk, to take over the job of carrying cargo to the space station as part of its restructuring plans following the end of the space shuttle program.

Musk says today's launch is just the beginning of private space flight.

"I think we're really at the dawn of a new era of space exploration and one where there's a much bigger role for commercial space companies," he said.

If all goes as planned, the dragon capsule will dock with the International Space Station as early as Friday.

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