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SpaceX has achieved tremendous success for itself as a company and for the United States
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President Donald Trump was on the rocket site watching the historic launch. It was also the first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private company.
“True geniuses, no one does that like us“Trump said, adding that the United States’ achievements in space will be”one of the most significant things we have ever done“The president added that this is.”just the beginning“.
The first stage of the Falcon-9 successfully landed on a platform in the ocean. The landing of the first stage allows the storage of valuable engines and has already significantly reduced the cost of space flights.
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
The second stage was also successfully separated, after which astronauts Bob Benken and Doug Hurley contacted ground control and thanked for the trouble-free flight.
Astronauts Hurley and Benken donned their shiny black-and-white space suits with the help of technicians in black masks, gloves, and black hoods that looked like ninjas.
Before heading to the launch site in Tesla’s off-road vehicle, Musk’s other company, Benken showed a hug to his 6-year-old son, Theo, and asked, “Will you listen to mom, will you make her life easier?Hurley sent an air kiss to his 10-year-old son and wife.
From 2011 until now, the United States has been forced to send astronauts with the Russian Soyuz system. After the retirement of the space shuttle, Washington found itself without a spaceship and a rocket safe enough to fly with people on board. SpaceX achieved significant success and in just a few years managed to make the Falcon-9 one of the safest rockets. Elon Musk’s company also overtook Boeing, which is also preparing its spacecraft for flights with humans in space.