SpaceX’s first crewed Spacecraft successfully docks with the International Space Station
Elon Musk’s private company, that is, SpaceX successfully launched off a rocket ship. The rocket ship consists of two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. The rocket ship is on its way from the state of Florida to the International Space Station making its impression as the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel.
In almost a decade there was a blastoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, this is very significant for America as it was launched from there, it brought new hope for the humans to launch into the orbit.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (aged 49) and Doug Hurley (aged 53) launched at NPT 1:07 AM Sunday atop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
With the takeoff, SpaceX became the first private company to launch people into orbit, this was previously accomplished by three governments: the US, Russia, and China. The reusable, gumdrop-shaped capsule called Crew Dragon would now take the two American astronauts to a 19-hour journey to the International Space Station (ISS).
The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the ISS at 10:29 am EDT on Sunday. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and thousands of American citizens had gathered to watch the launch live on a Sunday afternoon. President Trump said:
“I’m so proud of the people, of NASA, public and private. When you see a sight like that, it’s incredible. When you hear that sound – the roar – you can imagine how dangerous it is.”
Besides, Congressman Kevin McCarthy added,
“the launch of the spacecraft is testament to American ingenuity and our country’s profound ability to overcome challenges as they arise, particularly in the age of COVID-19″.
At present, more than 1 million people have lost their lives to the coronavirus and more than 40 million people have lost their job in America. The pandemic has nearly destroyed the economy and pushed it into a recession. The launch of the spacecraft gave the Americans a reason to celebrate.