HISTORICAL LIVE MISSION: SpaceX and NASA launch Dragon with two astronauts into orbit (VIDEO + PHOTOS)


SpaceX and NASA launched the Dragon rocket with two astronauts into orbit!


A second launch attempt was made today by the SpaceX team and successfully launched a spacecraft from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida with two astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Benken on board. The flight to the International Space Station was postponed on Wednesday due to bad weather.

The Falcon-9 launch vehicle launched the Dragon manned spacecraft into orbit at the scheduled time, 22.22 Bulgarian time, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert Benken embarked on a 19-hour journey to the International Space Station.

This is the first time the US space agency has used a private company to transport a crew into orbit. In addition, for the first time in almost a decade, NASA has launched a manned spacecraft from American soil.

The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley on board ignited smoothly in a cloud of orange flames and smoke from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the 19-hour voyage to the International Space Station.

The first stage of the rocket came off cleanly and fell off the Atlantic coast.

The second stage also separated smoothly, sending the astronauts into the Crew Dragon capsule on their way to the space station, orbiting more than 250 miles (450 kilometers) above Earth.

President Donald Trump flew to Florida aboard Air Force One to watch the launch and described it as “really something special.” The American head of state exclaimed: “This is amazing! This is really something special!” during the launch of Crew Dragon, AFP reported.

“This is just the beginning,” he said. He added: “Space will be one of the most important things we have ever done,” Trump added, noting that “no one does this like us.”

It was the first manned flight from US soil since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

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