SpaceX creates history by having NASA astronauts successfully launched into orbit. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has made history by being the first private rocket company to launch on Saturday (May 30) two American astronauts into Florida orbit. The mission is notable in that it marks NASA astronauts’ first space flight from American soil after a period of more than nine years.
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken lifted off at 3:22 p.m. from Kennedy Space Centre. EDT (1922 GMT) for a 19-hour journey on board SpaceX ‘s Crew Dragon spacecraft in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will take the pair to the International Space Station. Crew Dragon separated at 3:35 from its second stage booster, and entered orbit, according to NASA.
It remembers the mission’s first launch attempt. It postpones on Wednesday with less than 17 minutes left on countdown clock due to bad weather. The weather even threatened the launch on Saturday but it cleared up on time to start the flight. NASA chief Jim Bridenstine, speaking to the media, reported that the US-based space agency’s top priority. It was to restart American astronaut launches on American-made rockets from US soil. Hurley, 53, and Behnken, 49, will stay at the ISS for several weeks. They would support a short-handed crew onboard the orbital ship.