SpaceX and NASA Launch US Astronauts to Space For First Time in 9 Years
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Inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has defied all odds as the United States successfully launched two astronauts into space for the first time in nearly a decade.
SpaceX, the first private aerospace company to successfully launch humans into space, teamed up with NASA to make the mission happen. The launch by Elon Musk and SpaceX is extremely impressive considering launching people into orbit has only been accomplished by three governments in the past: The United States, Russia and China.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
In a flawless liftoff and flight, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are now hurtling toward the International Space Station at more than 1,500 mph in the bullet-shaped Dragon capsule, a flight that will take 19 hours. The Falcon 9 rocket that launched them into space also returned to earth successfully.
“Let’s light this candle,” Hurley said just before the rocket fired up, using a phrase uttered by astronaut Alan Shepard on America’s first human spaceflight in 1961. The last U.S. launch came in July 2011 and became the final mission of NASA’s space shuttle program. The SpaceX Dragon capsule is the first two-person orbital spaceflight launched from the U.S. since STS-4 in 1982.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended the launch. Within seconds of the launch, Elton John’s “Rocket Man” — a Trump rally classic — began to play over speakers.
After watching the launch from a special platform, the President said that he previously asked NASA officials: “Would you hear anything? because we’re a good distance away and then all of a sudden you hear that roar.”
“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,” the President said.
The Daily Wire continues:
American astronauts have continued to go to the ISS, but on foreign rockets – and at a hefty price. Russia, for instance, charged the U.S. $85 million per astronaut.
The first attempted launch of the SpaceX rocket on Wednesday was scrubbed with less than than 17 minutes left on the the countdown clock because of stormy weather around the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Saturday didn’t look much better, with weather.com predicting scattered thunderstorms in the area, and a 55% chance of rain at the time of liftoff.
But the skies opened up shortly before the 3:22 p.m. launch, and the rocket blasted into space.
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