Almost 11 years ago, the Space Shuttle program that helped man explore Space, was shut down. This shut down was following a 30 years expedition that allowed men to take an observation of the world beyond earth – the Galaxy. Everything we know about Space started a long time ago, but more profound knowledge was gained in the space of 30 years of intensive space exploration.
While there seems to be so much noise in the world right now, SpaceX and his team proved that there is still a silver lining in the midst of the chaos. The team of people of diverse backgrounds worked together for years to prove that there is hope for the sustenance of humanity if we work together. But, will that day ever come? Well, let’s hang on to the hope we have.
On the 27th of May, 2020, there was the schedule of the Dragonship to fly on the Falcon 9 rocket manufactured by SpaceX, to travel down the international space station. However, on words from the American AirForce’s Weather department, it was not safe to launch the rocket due to weather concerns. This resulted in the cancellation of the trip, rescheduling it to Saturday, 30th of May.
Onboard of the rocket are two returning NASA astronauts in persons of Robert Behnken (Rob) and Douglas Hurley (Doug). They were astronauts on the Space Shuttle missions, and returning to the ISS (International Space Station) is a dream come true.
The astronauts drove to the launch pad in a Tesla car, and after all preparations, the rocket took off. Minutes after takeoff, the Falcon 9 propellant returned to earth and was captured back on the SpaceX’s “Of course, I still love you” ship.
With different space phases to burn through, the revolutionary Dragonship Capsule held it’s own and did so well in approaching the International Space Station.
Watching the docking process was an exciting one, taking over 2 hours despite the rocket being just 220 meters away from the Space Station. Trying to get to the perfect coordinates was necessary, as well as the Dragonship vehicle being changed from autonomous drive to manual drive. Through the journey, the ship was controlled by the Control Center on the ground. However, to test the manual drive, it was made that astronauts drove themselves to the Space station from 220 meters out.
After about 4 hours, the capsule finally opened and the crew emerged into the Space center to meet the 3 astronauts that managed the station. This was followed by a short press conference in which the 5 astronauts currently aboard the Space Station were interviewed by Politicians in the US, including Ted Cruz – A senator from texas.
The trip was expected to take 19 hours but took some minutes over 18 hours, and on the words of the astronauts, it was a really smooth ride in which they were able to get “7 hours of sleep” in the “sleek” spacecraft designed by Elon Musk and his team.
The ground audience at the launch should have been more, but due to the CoronaVirus pandemic, just the families of the astronauts could be there to give them a virtual hug.
This launch is historic as it is one where an American made rocket is launching from American Soil, carrying Americans, for the 1st time in 9 years.
In the wrap-up speech by the NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, this is the beginning of a new era that will launch mankind back to the Moon, for further studies on how we can colonize Mars, as Elon dreams of.
This is truly the start of something amazing, as Twitter is littered with images of youngsters who are surely inspired by the genius of Elon Musk and his never-give-up spirit. Even the Great Robert Kiyosaki tweeted that “the world needs entrepreneurs like Elon Musk.” And that statement will forever remain valid.
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