Dragon

The SpaceX Dragon has made history by becoming the first commercial spacecraft to attach to the International Space Station.

Here’s a video of the launch:

More videos from launch day here.

Phil Plait, over on the Bad Astronomy blog, posted a photo of Dragon taken from the ISS as it passed under the station during maneuvering tests.

Well, I wanted a wallpaper of that photo (like I do) so I went to the NASA flickr page for the photo, downloaded the largest size, and did what I do…

You can get the file, along with iPad and iPhone versions of course, over on my …/files/wallpapers page. It’s named Dragon.zip (OBVS).

Also, out of pure curiosity, I checked out the EXIF data for the original photo… It was taken on a Nikon D3x, which will run you around $8,000. And although the EXIF data doesn’t show the make or model of the lens, it does show a focal length of 1200mm. The D3x is a full-frame camera so that’s a real 1200mm. I think they probably used an 800mm with a 1.5x teleconverter, but that’s still around $10,000. So, somewhere in the neighborhood of $18,000-20,000 all together. Clearly NASA spares no expense…