Elon Musk's spacecraft manufacturing company SpaceX made history today at 9:56 a.m. ET, when its Dragon capsule was captured by the International Space Station's robotic arm. The vessel berthed at the ISS at 12:12 p.m. ET.

DragonX is the first privately owned space vessel to berth at the International Space Station.

Musk, a co-founder of PayPal, began the SpaceX Dragon capsule project way back in 2005 and developed the craft in four and a half years for about $300 million.

According to SpaceX's site, the Dragon capsule is 20 feet in length, weighs about 9,260 lbs and can carry up to 13,228 lbs to low-earth orbit or up to seven passengers. In December 2008, the project secured $3.1 billion in funding from NASA for a contract of 12 flight missions or more.

Flip through the slideshow below to view more photos of SpaceX's Dragon capsule, then let us know: Are you excited that the capsule finally reached the International Space Station? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

For more stunning images, check out HuffPost Science's live blog of the capsule berthing with the ISS on Friday.

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  • The Dragon Capsule Up-Close

    The <a href="http://www.spacex.com/SpaceX_Brochure_V7_All.pdf" target="_hplink">Dragon capsule</a> is only about 20 feet long, has a max diameter of 12.1 feet and weighs 9,260 lbs. It can carry 13,228 lbs up to space and 6,612 lbs down from space. The capsule was designed so that, eventually, it will be able to bring <a href="http://www.spacex.com/dragon.php" target="_hplink">as many as seven passengers</a> up to orbit.

  • SpaceX Dragon Capsule Model

    A computer rendering of the SpaceX Dragon capsule shows its deployed solar panels, which <a href="http://www.spacex.com/downloads/dragonlab-datasheet.pdf" target="_hplink">help power the vehicle</a>.

  • SpaceX Dragon Capsule Launch Specs

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches

    SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket, which carried the Dragon capsule up to space, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/22/spacex-launch-falcon-9-rocket-space-x-dragon-capsule-video_n_1534512.html" target="_hplink">on May 22</a>. The original <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/19/spacex-launch-abort-faulty-rocket-valve_n_1530487.html" target="_hplink">May 19 launch was delayed</a> because of an engine problem.

  • Dragon Capsule Before The Dock

    SpaceX's Dragon capsule flew over West Africa early on May 25, not long before it finally docked at the International Space Station.

  • SpaceX Dragon Capsule Approaches ISS

    Early on May 25, the Dragon capsule made its slow approach to the International Space Station.

  • Dragon Capsule Docks

    SpaceX Dragon capsule finally docked at the International Space Station over Australia at 9:56 a.m. ET. The capsule was captured by a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/24/usa-spaceship-idUSL1E8GOHM320120524" target="_hplink">58-foot long robotic arm</a> attached to the station, which will reel in the capsule and its cargo of about <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/24/usa-spaceship-idUSL1E8GOHM320120524" target="_hplink">1,200 lbs of food, water, clothing and supplies</a>.

Editor's note: An earlier version incorrectly stated that the DragonX capsule had fully berthed at the station at 9:58 a.m.

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