Considering all the technological advancements in the world, the most exciting is space exploration for many people. There was a revolutionary development for space exploration recently. SpaceX, owned by renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk, managed to send two astronauts to the International Space Station, in partnership with NASA. Thus, for the first time in history, a private company sent people into space.
Why is it important?
The importance of the Falcon-9 mission for humanity is that for the first time a private company undertook an important and dangerous task such as sending people into space. All the people who went to space throughout history were sent by national space agencies. But now, private companies have been paved the way and developments in space exploration are expected to accelerate.
The importance of launching for the USA is that it has sent people from its territory to space for the first time since 2011. Since then, all astronauts sent by the US to the ISS have been launched through the Soyuz capsule from Russia’s Baikonur Space station in Kazakhstan. This means that the United States paid 80 million dollars per astronaut to Russia each launch.
Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon
Falcon 9, which SpaceX has been working on for 6 years, was launched from Kennedy Space Base on Friday, May 30 at 15.22 (EDT) to orbit. Crew Dragon capsule carried senior astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. After reaching the orbit after 12 minutes, Falcon 9 left Crew Dragon and managed to go back to the earth and land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship.
Crew Dragon, who left Falcon 9, spent about 1 day orbiting it before engaging the International Space Station. The next morning, Crew Dragon docked with the ISS. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley met NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who were waiting for them at the space station.