New step for NASA

US space agency and private firm puts spacecraft into orbit in test flight that could lead to future cargo runs.

    US space agency NASA and a US company called SpaceX have successfully launched a new commercial rocket called Falcon 9 carrying "The Dragon" capsule into space for a quick test flight.

    Its mission is to one day carry cargo, and eventually astronauts, to and from the International Space Station.

    The launch marks a key step for NASA once its own space shuttle programme is retired next year.

    Al Jazeera's Catherine Stancl reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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