SpaceX PHOTOS: Dragon Capsule-ISS Docking Makes Space History

05/25/2012 04:18 pm ET | Updated May 26, 2012

Today at 9:56 a.m. EDT, the International Space Station (ISS) reached out a robotic arm and grabbed the Dragon spacecraft, making Los Angeles-based SpaceX the first private company to dock a spacecraft with the ISS.

The delicate contact wasn't quite Michelangelo's 'Creation of Adam', but supporters hope it will help breathe life into the nascent private space industry and perhaps someday eliminate the need for NASA astronauts to get into space via Russia's Soyuz orbital vehicle.

The current mission was unmanned, though the capsule was laden with about 1,000 pounds of non-essential rations, including clothing, food, computer equipment and student experiments.

Want to have a look at the historic mission? We've compiled photos of the Dragon capsule, the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and more. Click through to see them all.

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