On May 30, a private company SpaceX owned by Elon Musk and NASA successfully launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
Elon Musk once again made a breakthrough: on May 30, SpaceX and NASA launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Initially, the launch of the Crew Dragon was supposed to take place on May 27. But 16 minutes before the launch, the mission had been postponed until May 30 due to the weather conditions.
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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
On May 30, the whole world was watching the broadcast, waiting for the launch of the Falcon-9 rocket. American astronauts Douglas Harley and Robert Benken were on board of the spacecraft. The final countdown and the Falcon-9 rocket went into space. After the launch, the first stage booster successfully detached from the rocket and returned to the platform in the Atlantic Ocean. After it, the second stage booster separated, and the Crew Dragon capsule entered orbit.
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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
The spacecraft docked with the International Space Station on May 31. The spaceflight lasted 19 hours.
Station Commander Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, and Ivan Wagner met American astronauts at the ISS.
The launch of the Crew Dragon was a landmark accomplishment in US history. Over the past 9 years, after the Space Shuttle program was shut down, the United States used the “Союз” spacecraft to send American astronauts to the ISS.
Elon Musk commented on the launch of Crew Dragon, saying that although the launch of the spacecraft was successful, it is necessary to prepare for the safe return of astronauts to Earth. At the moment, astronauts are on the ISS. Elon Musk also added that this mission is “the first step on a journey toward civilization on Mars.”