NASA Astronauts Are Launched into Space Aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon in Historic Test Flight
Saturday was a very important day in American history because it marked the first time SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk in 2002, launched two human passengers into space.
NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took their seats inside the spacecraft Crew Dragon and officially started the Demo-2 mission, which will have them reach the International Space Station.
The historical moment was live-streamed by NASA and enthusiasts from all over the world were able to witness the launching process over the course of nine hours.
The weather wasn't the best, with the threat of rain and lightning in the skies, but everything fell into place once the spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket were given the green light.
The launch took place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and, according to the agency, the test flight serves as an "end-to-end" demonstration of SpaceX's crew transportation system.
"The launch of this commercial space system designed for humans is a phenomenal demonstration of American excellence and is an important step on our path to expand human exploration to the Moon and Mars.”
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🚀 We did it, @spacex. For the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station (@iss). The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley (@astro.doug) lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 30 on the Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station at 10:29 a.m. Sunday, May 31. After successfully docking, Behnken and Hurley will be welcomed aboard, where they will become members of the Expedition 63 crew, which currently includes NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy (@astro_seal). Photos 1, 3 Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Photos 2, 4 Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky (The first image in this set is a false color infrared exposure of liftoff.) #nasa #spacex #launch #crewdragon #spacecraft #liftoff #launchamerica
MUSK ON CLOUD NINE
The Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the space station at 10:29 a.m. on May 31
The chief engineer at SpaceX claimed that the launch was "the culmination of an incredible amount of work by the SpaceX team, by NASA and by a number of other partners" involved in the process.
HOW LONG WILL THE MISSION LAST?
It has been reported that the test flight will have Behnken and Hurley spend 110 days docked at the International Space Station, after which the spacecraft will autonomously undock.
The two astronauts are then expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere, landing off Florida's Atlantic Coast where they will be picked up by a SpaceX recovery ship.
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Welcome to Launch Day, Take 2 — 🎬 🚀⠀ ⠀ Watch history unfold as we launch astronauts @astro.doug and astronaut #BobBehnken to the @iss. This @spacex #CrewDragon test flight is the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from American soil.⠀ ⠀ The mission's first launch attempt was scrubbed due to weather conditions, but #LaunchAmerica is just getting started. Our global watch party continues today, May 30. Join us starting at 11am EDT (3pm UTC) for live coverage on nasa.gov. Liftoff is on for 3:22pm EDT (7:22pm UTC). We’re ready.⠀ ⠀ Image 1 Credit: SpaceX, Image 2-5 Credit: NASA
The Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the space station at 10:29 a.m. on May 31 and fans will be able to witness the special moment thanks to NASA's live coverage on their official website.