As an update to an earlier Space Saturdays post – The astronauts on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launch have named their ship. (But they’re not telling … yet.) – Space.com Space Saturdays May 23, 2020,
Orbital human spaceflight has come back to American soil.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched astronauts for the first time ever today, making history and opening a new age of commercial spaceflight.
A shiny white Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from historic Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center here today (May 30) at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT), carrying SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule into orbit.
The launch kicked off SpaceX’s landmark Demo-2 mission, which is sending NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS). Demo-2 marks the return of orbital human spaceflight to U.S. soil after a nearly decade-long absence, and it signals the beginning of a new era in space exploration — one led by commercial companies.
“It was incredible,” Hurley radioed SpaceX’s launch control. ” I appreciate all the hard work and thanks for a great ride to space.”