Congratulations NASA & SpaceX with a Successful Launch!
The United States opened a new era of human space travel on Saturday as SpaceX launched astronauts into orbit for the first time, nearly a decade after the government retired the space shuttle program in favor of contracting this work to private companies.
The Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program replaced the shuttle program with privately-built spacecraft. SpaceX was ultimately contracted ($2.6 billion), along with Boeing and its Starliner vehicle ($4.2 billion), to build new spacecraft for NASA.
Two American astronauts Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley, lifted off at 3:22 p.m. from the familiar Florida launchpad that once served Apollo missions and the space shuttles. But the rocket and capsule that lofted them out of the atmosphere were a new sight for many built and operated by SpaceX, the company founded by the billionaire Elon Musk.
It was a moment of triumph for the country, a welcome reminder of America’s global superiority in science, technological innovation and private enterprise at a time its needed most. Millions around the world watched the launch online and on television, many from quarantine in their homes.
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