≡ 5 Interesting Facts About SpaceX’s First Manned Launch ➤ Brain Berries


On May 30, 2020, Elon Musk’s space company marked the beginning of the private astronautics era. Launching the Crew Dragon spacecraft using the Falcon 9 rocket has shown that private companies can send people into space, just as well as the government programs, and sometimes do it much better thanks to their innovative ideas.

The
Demo-2 mission with a crew of two astronauts is the first successful
manned space flight for SpaceX. It’s also the first time the US
astronauts went to space since the Space Shuttle era, which ended in
2011.

NASA
astronauts Bob Banken and Doug Hurley flew all the way to the
International Space Station, where they docked on May 31. NASA TV has
provided an online broadcast of this historic event.

After
spending one-to-four months on the ISS, Behnken and Hurley will
return to Earth on Crew Dragon. The Demo-2 mission will be considered
successful only after the spacecraft has safely landed. This flight
will prove the US private space program no longer needs to depend on
the good old Russian “Soyuz” spacecraft to deliver
astronauts to the ISS.

Would
you like to learn some fascinating facts about the flight of Crew
Dragon? I bet you would!

1)
The Falcon 9 rocket used to launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft into
orbit has successfully returned to Earth and had a smooth landing on
a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean. That’s a spectacular
accomplishment!



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