SpaceX's launch of the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) at 3:44 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) this morning won accolades from the White House, NASA, Congress and industry. If all goes well, Dragon will berth at the ISS on Friday at 11:05 am.
Among those singing the praises of the successful launch are President Obama's Science Adviser John Holdren, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, many Members of Congress, and industry associations. Following are links to the statements or tweets that we saw; apologies to anyone we missed.
- John Holden, President Obama's Science Adviser and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden
- Sen. Barbara Mikulski, chairman of the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee tweeted "Congrats to @SpaceX for successful launch. New era in space."
- Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, ranking member, Senate Appropriations CJS Subcommittee and ranking member, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (NASA's authorization committee)
- Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), ranking member, House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee
- Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee (HSS&T)
- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
- Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
- Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL) tweeted "Congratulations @SpaceX for your giant leap into the history books this morning with the Dragon launch to the Space Station!"
- Aerospace Industries Association
- Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Video of the launch and the post-launch press conference are at the following links:
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