Elon Musk and SpaceX has long been planning this moment and in new history-making news, it has become the first private firm to send humans to space. After a 19 hour-long journey, today it was confirmed that long-standing NASA astronauts Robert (Bob) Behnken and Douglas Hurley reached the International Space Station. A third passenger – a plush toy – has also taken flight and will represent the men’s families.
This is the first time in human history @NASA_Astronauts have entered the @Space_Station from a commercially-made spacecraft. @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug have finally arrived to the orbiting laboratory in @SpaceX's Dragon Endeavour spacecraft. pic.twitter.com/3t9Ogtpik4
— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020
The launch which took place from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida is the first time in almost 10 years that American astronauts have travelled to outer space. The NASA Space Shuttle program ended in 2011 after a 30-year long journey. Thanks to new technology and social media, the world we have a clear picture in what occurs during space travel and will continue to contribute to the science of astronomy. In commemorating the past NASA journey, Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley have announced they will rename the Falcon 9 ship capsule to the “Endeavour” in remembrance for the original NASA space shuttle and the first ship the duo took their first flights in.
SpaceX was the topic of controversy late last year after the company revealed the successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites. The brightness and number of high-speed internet satellites is concerning and one astronomer warned it would “threaten astronomy itself”. Whether more satellites will be deployed is currently not known for sure.
Art collector and entrepreneur, Yusaku Maezawa is believed to be the first paying customer of SpaceX and will take a mission to the moon in 2023.
Stay tuned for further developments.