May 30th, 2020. What does this day mean? Is it significant? What will future historians be saying about this day?
Well…this day has gone down in the history books, and for good reason.
At 3.22pm (local time) the SpaceX Dragon Falcon 9 Rocket blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre carrying the first astronauts, to take off from American soil since 2011, into space. To make things even more interesting, SpaceX is a private company owned my Elon Musk. Yes, the Elon Musk that owns the Tesla company.
The Falcon 9 rocket (the most powerful rocket ever built) carried 2 veteran astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, on it’s 19 hour voyage to the International Space Station.
Astronauts Robert Behnken (R) and Douglas Hurley on their way to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
The mission has paved the way for future space exploration including a return to the moon……and then a further leap to Mars. The SpaceX Dragon docked with the ISS after completing it’s 19hr voyage and after pressure and temperature were equalised, both crews met.
The mission, dubbed SpaceX Demo-2, serves as a demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system and is an actual test flight as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program which wil, one day, see civilians paying for a ride to space.
At the time of writing this post, the crew are aboard the ISS…..I will keep you updated!