Nightly News | May 26, 2012
>>> crew members aboard the international space station opened up their latest care package from earth today, but in this case, the box it came in was almost as exciting as what was in it. yesterday's successful docking to the space station marked the first commercial space delivery and a glimpse into the future. kristen dahlgren reports.
>> the expedition 31 crew getting their first look inside the spacecraft.
>> reporter: for the world below, it's a first look at what happens when a private commercial spacecraft links up with the international space station . the crew wore protective masks and goggles. since the final space shuttle flight last summer, nasa has been relying on russian spacecraft to get supplies to the space station until yesterday when the private spacecraft docked.
>> i think one of the top ten days days of space exploration .
>> reporter: the capsule is ornl about a size of a closet. but while dragon may be small, there are big plans for the capsule to some day carry not just cargo, but humans into or orbit.
>> there's not enough room to hold a barn dance , but there's plenty of room for the crews.
>> reporter: dragon was built by spacex. with a average age of its worker, just 30. the founder says his goal is to some day send people to mars and spacex has plenty of competition. but for now, it is the only company that can boast this.
>> taking a look around inside dragon. the first private company to dock here. a feat only four countries have achieved before. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, los angeles .