America's newest crew capsule rockets toward space station

Space-X launched it's crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station today from Cape Canaveral in the latest step in the company's development of a vehicle designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

It will spend five days docked to the orbiting outpost, before making a retro-style splashdown in the Atlantic next Friday  - all vital training for the next space demo, possibly this summer, when two astronauts strap in
     
Space-X C-E-O Elon Musk says he looks forward to seeing permanent occupied bases on the Moon and Mars.

SpaceX needs to nail the debut of the capsule before proceeding with plans to put people inside it later this year.
     
The only passenger for this launch is a life-size test dummy, named Ripley after the character in the ``Alien'' movies.
    
 It's been eight years since the last space shuttle mission, and human launches from Florida ceased