Commerical spacecraft docks at the ISS

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Commerical spacecraft docks at the ISS

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The International Space Station has welcomed the first-ever privately owned ship to the orbital outpost.

California’s Space X firm launched the unmanned Dragon craft from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday.

Astronauts used a robotic arm to grab the vehicle and guide it into a berth.

The US space agency, NASA, has been making cutbacks and retired its space shuttles last year.

It wants to save money by contracting routine tasks to the private sector.

Space X is the brainchild of South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors.

The Space X Falcon rocket that launched Dragon into orbit had an unusual cargo onboard.

It carried the ashes of late actor James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott in ‘Star Trek’.