Space Geeks Geek Out On A History-Filled Friday Afternoon

Brad Chacos

It's a slow day tech news-wise, but May 25th has turned out to be an early Christmas for space geeks. Any self-respecting science nerd is no doubt already aware that SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has successfully completed its mission and become the first commercial space craft to ever dock with the International Space Station, but today marks key milestones for a pair of beloved space-based sci-fi franchises as well.

NASA summed up the historical event in a single sentence : The SpaceX Dragon capsule was securely bolted to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 12:02 p.m. EDT . In fact, SpaceX joins an elite group: the United States, Russia, China, and the European Space Agency are the only other organizations to successfully dock spacecraft in orbit.

May 25th is also Towel Day , the day that hoopy froods remember and celebrate the accomplishments of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Dirk Gently scribe Douglas Adams. Scott Davis pointed out some special once-a-century Towel Day math on G+: 5+25+12=42 . Synchronicity, folks.

Speaking of synchronicity, today is also the 35th anniversary of the first airing of Stars Wars: A New Hope. All kinds of tributes are up around the web, but our favorite is Wired Science's analysis of blaster fire in the Star Wars universe .

You may now returned to your regularly scheduled PC news.

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