Private rocket http://northernpublicradio.org en Private rocket blasts off for Space Station http://northernpublicradio.org/post/private-rocket-blasts-space-station <p>A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.</p><p>The SpaceX company made history as its Falcon 9 rocket rose from its seaside launch pad and pierced the pre-dawn sky, aiming for a rendezvous in a few days with the space station. The rocket carried into orbit a capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of space station provisions.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 09:59:35 +0000 Mike Moen & Associated Press 12096 at http://northernpublicradio.org Private rocket blasts off for Space Station