On the 19th May SpaceX dares to go where no business has gone before and become the first privately owned company to build spacecraft that will dock with the International Space Station.

Ever since NASA retired its Space Shuttle last year, Russia's Soyuz programme has been the only means of transporting people to the International Space Station, though SpaceX is now set to change that.

Founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk, the South African born inventor is also the creator of internet service Paypal, and electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors.

In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to put a spacecraft into orbit and return it safely to Earth, and this historic flight is all part of the company's grand plan to transport people across the Solar System.

Whilst being interviewed in 2011, Musk stated that he has ambitions to send humans to Mars within ten to twenty years, so prepare to swap the beaches of Spain for a holiday on the Red Planet.