Nightly News | May 25, 2012
>>> now to what happened high above earth today. today marked the future of the space program in this country. it's not our space program as much as it is a private company , a commercial space krath that docked to with the international space station . our report tonight from nbc's tom costello.
>> station houston, you have a go for capture.
>> flying high above australia at 17,000 miles an hour. a private company this morning managed to accomplish something only four nations have ever achieved. at 9:56 a.m . --
>> chapture is confirmed.
>> the space station 's arm reached out and grabbed a space craft named dragon.
>> it looks like we got a dragon by the tail.
>> at spacex headquarters out of los angeles , celebration and tears.
>> i would like to thank the whole spacex team. you guys are awesome.
>> the man behind it all, spacex founder, elon musk .
>> it's a fantastic day and a great day for the country and for the world.
>> with a space shuttle fleet retired, nasa has been relying on russian space craft to ferry astronauts and cargo to and from the station while waiting for private business to take over. surprisingly, this company, just ten years old, beat out some big competitors to win a $1.6 billion nasa contract.
>> they completely built and tested and flew this space craft in a manner that has really been remarkable.
>> the average age at spacex is just 30, but it combined years of nasa know-how with different thinking to pull this off.
>> this mission is only the beginning of a widening of space acce access, including not just cargo to orbit but people to orbit.
>> the first spacex manned mission could be years away. tonight, with dragon in the station's arm, it's champagne at spacex . tom costello, nbc news, washington.