History was made on Saturday, 30th May 2020 as NASA, in conjunction with Space X launched a rocket into space. Undoubtedly, this is an event that will always be remembered.
A rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has lifted off with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight to the International Space Station. The mission was supposed to be launched on May 27 but it was delayed due to adverse weather conditions at the last minute.
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Obviously, people across the world were thrilled by this event, however, there is more reason for Americans to celebrate.
The last time astronauts were launched from the US soil was on July 8, 2011, for the STS-135 mission. Soon after which all astronauts were flown to the International Space Station in Russia’s Soyuz Capsule. The rides were expensive and cost $86 million per astronaut, a report from vox.com suggested. In comparison, SpaceX will charge only $55 million per astronaut for one complete round trip.
Now, Astronauts can fly directly from the US into space.
This is the first time after nine years since NASA shut down its space shuttle program back in 2011. This is also the first time that a private spacecraft company used its own rocket to put humans into space.
The US President, Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence were at the Kennedy, Space Centre to witness the event although due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both NASA and SpaceX had urged eager viewers to stay at home and do not flock towards the Kennedy Space Center.
The flight was previously delayed three days by bad weather, forecasters. Despite more storms in the forecast, two NASA astronauts climbed into their capsule Saturday for a second attempt at a history-making ride into orbit aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.
Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were the astronauts that flew into space.