After nearly a decade, America has once again made history by sending a human mission to space from a private company’s spacecraft. US space agency NASA sent its astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday through Elon Musk’s company SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft. Earlier at 2:03 pm on May 27, 2020, NASA had to send two American astronauts to the space station with a Falcon rocket. However, the launch was postponed 16 minutes earlier due to bad weather.
However, its successful flight on Sunday was live-streamed. Its live broadcast can be seen at NASA TV’s Space X launch. Apart from this, live streaming of the launching can also be seen on the Watch Party of the Museum of Flight. The spacecraft carries two astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley. The spacecraft departed for a 19-hour journey from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Let us tell you that in 2011, the last spacecraft was sent from the US land. On July 27, 2011, NASA stopped its space shuttle program after the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth. More than 300 astronauts were sent to space by flying 135 flights to the space station through a 30-year space shuttle program.
Currently, American astronauts are sent to space by spacecraft from Russia and European countries. This is the first time that astronauts were sent to space through a private company instead of the government.