Elon Musk’s SpaceX sends 2 astronauts into space

01 Décembre, 2020, 02:27 | Auteur: Therese Cote

SpaceX has made history by becoming the first private company to send humans into orbit, ushering in a new era for commercial space travel.

Demo-2 marks the first launch of NASA astronauts on a commercial spacecraft and the first launch of American astronauts into orbit on a USA -built vehicle from America since 2011.

The US space agency posted a video of Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley stepping into the ISS and being greeted by the three spacefarers who had been living on its board for months.

It will take Falcon 9 nine minutes to reach orbit and then Crew Dragon will have a 19-hour journey to the International Space Station once it separates from the rocket.

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According to UKMail, there was a 50 percent chance Falcon 9 would not take off due to ominous clouds and lightning risks, but the weather cleared with just 45 minutes left on the clock countdown. He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000 and has completed two space shuttle flights. While the mission is completely automated, both Behnken and Hurley retain the ability to manually control the capsule and will in fact do so as part of the flight, which SpaceX initially didn't want to do.

NASA-SpaceX Demo-2 successful separation of the second Falcon 9 stage.

Travelling at the speed of around 17,000mph, the Dragon will continue to raise its orbit until it is ready to rendezvous and dock with the space station on Sunday at 3.30pm United Kingdom time.

After a short stay on the ISS (the exact length of which has not yet been determined), the two astronauts will return to Earth in the Dragon and splash down in the Atlantic Ocean with parachutes. (1:22 MST) marking the first time in almost a decade that NASA astronauts have launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Future landings with the engines may well be in the cards, though. The craft was built under NASA's Commercial Crew Program and was developed entirely by SpaceX.

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