SpaceX's Dragon capsule launched

(Via SourceFed) SpaceX, the company that plans to colonize mars, has launched their first shuttle, the Dragon capsule.  They will be the first private company in history to dock with the International Space Station.  Which is awesome.

In the video, Joe Bereta delivers a speech about America coming together without our leaders to push ahead into the future -- I think he makes a great point.  But SpaceX is also a great example of the way in which paths created by the government are explored by the private sector afterwards.

This is a huge step for the future of humankind, it might be the first chance we have of genuine optimism about the future of our cultures and our species surviving the Earth.

So, um, ▓▓▓▓ yeah.