The world witnessed a historic event yesterday – the United States launched the Falcon-9 rocket with the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, founded by Ilon Mask, with two astronauts, Robert Benken, 49 and Douglas Hurley , 53, aboard the International Space Station.
It should be noted that this event was to have occurred a few days ago, but due to adverse weather conditions, it had to be postponed. US President Donald Trump, who then flew with his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner to the Florida spaceport, promised to return to Cape Canavera on Saturday and delivered on his promise. Certainly this time he flew alone.
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Despite the fact that the launch of the rocket was broadcast on the Internet (and people around the world hung onto the screens of their computers and gadgets to watch it online), many curious people came directly to the scene to see for themselves this impressive event.
The last time the United States sent its astronauts on a rocket more than nine years ago. But why this event is already described as legendary, because it was the very first launch of astronauts into orbit on a ship of a private company.
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken
After a successful launch, Elon Musk did not hide his joyful emotions.
Emotions overwhelm me and it is very difficult for me to speak. I spent 18 years working on this task, and it’s hard to believe it happened. I think all of humanity should be proud of it,
He said at a press conference.
By the way, he has not forgotten the old joke of the chief of Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, who, six years ago, as Deputy Prime Minister, proposed to deliver American astronauts to the ISS to the using a trampoline.
The trampoline works
– said Musk.
Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock at the ISS today at 5:27 p.m. Moscow time.
Based on materials: www.spletnik.ru