Release the Dragon

A high-resolution close-up of the Dragon.

As we see the Dragon's mission successfully achieve each of its goals, we are edging closer to to the validation of commercial cargo launches to low-Earth orbit, paving the way toward commercial crew missions — a goal that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes will happen by 2015. But first, the unmanned Dragon will have to start work delivering supplies to the ISS, fulfilling its $1.6-billion NASA contract for 12 resupply launches.

See more photos of the flyby on the NASA: 2Explore Flickr page.

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