NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off in the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Their mission was not just the first US -based orbital human spaceflight since 2011, but the world's first orbital launch of astronauts on a commercial spacecraft. The launch, a partnership with the USA space agency NASA, marks the first time a privately built spacecraft carried human passengers into orbit. These trips were halted in 2010 due to the increase in the International Space Station crew size and they haven't been resumed ever since. Since then, NASA astronauts have had to hitch rides into orbit aboard Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.
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"I think what we're doing is critical to the future of NASA", Musk said at the time. When the time comes for Behnken and Hurley to return home, all eyes will be on the Crew Dragon's performance once again.
She asked the astronauts about making spaceflight more accessible to ordinary people.
Furthermore Boeing Co, which is producing its own launch system in competition with SpaceX, is expected to fly its CST-100 Starliner vehicle with astronauts aboard for the first time next year. Their mission could last anywhere from one to four months.
"The whole world saw this mission, and we are so, so proud of everything you've done for our country and, in fact, to inspire the world", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told the crew. They docked at the ISS Harmony module on Sunday afternoon. "So good luck to whoever grabs that flag", President Barack Obama said on a phone call with Hurley and his colleagues in 2011. The end of the United States spacecrafts was not only caused by the loss of two of those out of a total of five operating, but also by the excessive cost. Behnken and Hurley spent 19 hours chasing the station on their Dragon ship, which they christened "Endeavour" after the NASA shuttle, before arriving at the space station on Sunday.
With so much uncertainty and so many variables, Behnken said it was a little hard explaining to his son when he'd back. The hatch of the Crew Dragon was opened while the other three astronauts on-board the ISS took them into the space station from the capsule. "For us as the test pilots, we're there to evaluate how it does the mission".