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Monday, June 04, 2012

Enter the Dragon

No, not a Chinese dragon. And, no, not the Year of the Dragon, either.

It's SpaceX's Dragon:

The latest mission of an American spacecraft to the International Space Station was one of those marvels of balletic NASA precision. Except it wasn't a NASA spacecraft that splashed back to earth on Thursday.

It was the Dragon, built by a private company called SpaceX.

"Welcome home baby," exulted Elon Musk, SpaceX founder, after the nine-day mission ended without a hitch. "It's like seeing your kid come home."

We share his excitement. The Dragon's flawless performance thrilled space exploration fans around the world, including, we're sure, President Barack Obama, the first Trekker in the White House.

Continued at the Chicago Tribune Editorial Page.