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NEW YORK (CBS News) — History was made Sunday morning when the Cygnus supply ship docked with The International Space Station.
This is the first time a craft launched from Virginia made it to the station. And the ship is likely to be just one of many launched from the Commonwealth as the U.S. uses private companies to continue exploring space.
An upgraded, more powerful Falcon NINE rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base Sunday. SpaceX said it is a test flight to assured NASA the company could soon deliver people as well.
It’s a major milestone for NASA and the International Space Station project.
CBS News Space Consultant, Bill Harwood, said NASA has been paying around $60 million a seat to fly astronauts on the Soyuz spacecraft.
“It’s really not about the money. It would be cheaper to continue flying with the Russians,” said Harwood. “NASA wants…
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