SpaceX’s spacecraft ‘The Crew Dragon’ has made history by embarking on a space journey with two NASA astronauts for the first time. The spacecraft was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The United States has launched a manned spaceflight from its ground for the first time in nine years.
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This rocket launch of Space X has set another record. For the first time in the world, astronauts have departed for the International Space Station(ISS) via a private spacecraft. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley set a world record by flying to the International Space Station in a private spacecraft.
The launch of Space X’s private rocket is titled ‘Demo-2’ as the company hasn’t got fully certification for operational use for regular transportation of humans to space. The company will get a certification after the successful launch of the vehicle with the astronauts. This was the second attempt after an initial launch try last Wednesday was halted due to weather circumstances. SpaceX launched the space vehicle for the first time with the human on it. They have been using Flacon 9 and Flacon Heavy rockets to deliver cargo payloads to orbit since October 2012.
In 2000, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were chosen by NASA as an astronaut. These two astronauts have been to space twice before on behalf of NASA. They are the most experienced astronauts on NASA’s astronaut team. The two will reach the space station in 19 hours.
For the first time since 2011, the United States has sent humans into space from Florida. US President Donald Trump has witnessed that historic moment. Trump arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to watch the spacecraft launch.
According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Trump was praying during the rocket launch. “I heard thunder but at the time I was feeling something else,” he said. When your team is on the rocket, that’s how it feels. This is our team. This is the American team. We are going through a very difficult time right now. But the launch of the spacecraft will inspire people, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.