By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog

MIAMI — History will be made at 3:47a.m. EST on Thursday in Florida.

The Dragon capsule will fly by the International Space Station at 17,500 mph, the minimum speed required to maintain orbit around the planet.

What makes the event so noteworthy relies less on the flyby and more on the capsule, the first privately launched space vehicle to breach the limits of Earth‘s lower atmosphere.

The project is the brainchild of billionaire PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, who founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or Space X, to carry forward the dream of space travel into the 21st century.

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