NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch

NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch
The United Nations National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) resumes manned space flights from the U.S. soil with the historic SpaceX launch. Last weekend, the private rocket company of the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk launched two NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launchpad 39A in Florida. The Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon-9 rocket took off at 3:22 p.m. EDT on May 30, 2020.
 
Shortly before liftoff, Douglas Hurley said: “We’re going to launch. Let’s light this candle,” paraphrasing the words used by Alan Shepard on America’s first human spaceflight in 1961.
 
A few minutes after the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, the first stage booster rocket separated from the upper second-stage rocket and flew itself back to Earth to descend safely onto a landing platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean. Then, on the second stage, the Crew Dragon capsule with the astronauts on board jettisoned from the rocket and headed towards the International Space Station (ISS).
 

The Falcon 9 space craft took off from the same launch pad used by NASA’s final space shuttle flight in 2011, Reuters news agency reported. Since then, the NASA astronauts have had to liftoff into orbit aboard Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.
 
“It’s incredible, the power, the technology,” said the U.S. President Donald Trump, who was at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral for the launch. ‘That was a beautiful sight to see,” President Trump added.
 
 
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