Today, on the 30th May 2020, SpaceX has just successfully launched its first manned mission to the International Space Station. This is history in the making, and a next step in terms of space exploration since the rocket program began.
Inside the Dragon captule are astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. Everything went really well, with all stages of pre-launch happening on time.
There were over 10 million people worldwide watching on the Internet, on YouTube and Twitch.
This mission is the first manned mission launched on American soil to the International Space Station, and the first ever manned space flight by a private comapy. Of course, SpaceX is owned by the Musk Foundation. NASA is still owned and tax funded by the US government.
The flight to the International Space Station will take around 19 hours in total, including the 12 minutes it takes to actually break Earth’s atmosphere. The rocket can hit up to 24,600 MPH at times.
The Dragon crew will be joining the Expedition 63 crew that are currently on the ISS. From here, Hurley and Behnken will carry out various research on the Dragon.
The reason they’re making the trip is for the Demo-2 mission, which is a major step towards NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies the Crew Dragon for opertational and long term missions through space.
What a momentous achievement for the world. Good luck, and God speed pilots… we’ll be watching!