The historic first commercial spacecraft Falcon 9/Dragon launched today, May 22th, 2012, It will dock with the International Space Station on May 25th and return home on May 31st.

With NASA officially closing down the Space Shuttle program (a.k.a. Space Transportation System or STS) in 2011, the mantle of responsibility for US interest in space has been passed to private companies like SpaceX. SpaceX, of course, was established in 2002 by inventor and engineer Elon Musk, founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors.

Keep up to date with the space mission at the official SpaceX website.