The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that made history in May 2012 as the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS) is on display for four days only – Friday, Feb. 6 through Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 – at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The display coincides with the Feb. 8 SpaceX launch to deploy the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).
The Dragon spacecraft is on display at NASA Central, just outside the Visitor Complex’s Space Shop. Guests are welcome to take photos with the authentic space-flown spacecraft. The SpaceX Dragon display is included with admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is free for annual pass holders. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Since its first flight, SpaceX has completed four official ISS resupply missions for NASA, with one mission currently at the space station. Dragon is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. Previously, only government spacecraft were used to deliver and retrieve cargo from the ISS.
“Guests at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex have a rare opportunity to see up close the actual SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that made the first historic journey to the International Space Station,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We are honored to display this remarkable spacecraft representing SpaceX’s success in resupply missions for the International Space Station and NASA.”
Under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA, SpaceX will fly at least seven more cargo supply missions to the ISS for a total of 12. SpaceX also is working on a Crew Dragon to complement its successful cargo spacecraft under a separate $2.6 billion contract with NASA, with the goal of flying astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil in 2017.