A decade of work with the Commercial Crew Program just culminated today. For the first time since the Space Shuttle retirement, American Astronauts lifted off from an American rocket from American soil. Today’s mission proved that a private company cannot only send humans to space but also that reusable rockets are viable. This is truly a historic moment for not only the United States but the entire world.
Falcon 9 booster has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship! pic.twitter.com/96Nd3vsrT2
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
After the scrub of the mission on Wednesday, May 27, due to weather, space enthusiasts were on the edge of their seats to see if today’s mission attempt will occur. However, at 3:22 pm EST, twenty two minutes past the hour, SpaceX had a flawless mission after putting their first crew into orbit, a dream come true since the beginning of the company. To top it off, the company successfully landed its Falcon 9 booster onto droneship Of Course I Still Love You several hundred kilometers in the Atlantic Ocean.
Welcome aboard the @SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft!
In this video from space, @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug reveal the name of their capsule: Endeavour. Take a look inside as the crew continues their journey to the @Space_Station: https://t.co/K9S5mejONx pic.twitter.com/mvH8UhE5FW
— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020
For the next fourteen hours, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will ride on Crew Dragon in the darkness of space as it will dock with the International Space Station. Also, just for fun, the astronauts revealed the name of their capsule, Endeavour. As a tribute to Space Shuttle Endeavour, which both astronauts had their maiden spaceflight on. Bob and Doug also brought with them a special payload, a toy stuffed dinosaur, for both their sons.
You can rewatch the historic mission and follow Bob and Doug’s journey on SpaceX’s webcast below: