Privately owned space capsule completes its journey

5:55 PM, May 31, 2012   |    comments
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- History was made when the unmanned SpaceX Dragon space capsule landed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. This is the first time a privately owned company has built a capsule that went into space.

UMaine astronomy professor Neil Comins said this flight is a big deal.

"We have had to cut back federally and there's just so much interest in space, and so much potential out there financially and otherwise that this is a big deal," Comins said.

The Dragon Capsule was at the international space station for six days.

According to NASA's website the capsule brought a little more than a thousand pounds of supplies to the space station. Which ranged from non-critical experiments, food and clothing, but Comins thinks this could be the start of a new space era.

"I do think that commercial space race is a possibility in the very near future. And in the sense that we had a space race in the 50's and 60's and 70's to get to the moon and so on. I think this one can eve take us farther into space," Comins said.

Comins said this could allow scientists and astronauts a chance to learn more about the solar system and possibly allow more to travel into space.

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