NASA and SpaceX Launch Into Cosmos

Elon Musks private company, SpaceX, recently teamed with NASA to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. (Image source: nasa.gov)

Elon Musk’s private company, SpaceX, recently teamed with NASA to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. (Image source: nasa.gov)

SpaceX and NASA have accomplished many great discoveries and science experiments in space. Their unforgettable achievements include NASA sending the first man to the moon, and SpaceX was the first private company to successfully launch into orbit. Now, more crew members are in the International Space Station (ISS), gathering data and working on science experiments, continuing to grow humanity’s knowledge of space.

Currently, a total of seven crew members are on board the ISS. Four members are from the U.S., two members from Russia and one from Japan. These astronauts are expected to spend about six months in orbit around Earth. While the astronauts are in outer space, they are conducting science experiments and checking in on the ISS itself. 

The American crew members were launched from Florida Kennedy Space Center. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted the Crew Dragon Spacecraft, bringing the astronauts to the ISS 262 miles above Earth. They will be staying in that orbit until Spring when more astronauts are likely to join them.

Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO was unable to attend the launch due to a positive COVID-19 test result. He was replaced by Gwynne Shotwell, the SpaceX President. According to National Public Radio, Elon Musk said that the pandemic was “dumb” and tweeted false information about COVID-19. Even if he hadn’t tweeted false information, COVID-19 protocols required him to quarantine; and that prevented him from attending the launch.

It’s clear that SpaceX and NASA are a great team and that they will complete important, scientific work on their future missions to space. So far, according to various sources, the mission has been quite smooth. The team even brought a stuffed Baby Yoda into outer space with them to act as a zero-gravity indicator!  All seven members are very prepared for whatever comes their way. 

Sources: npr.org, cnn.com, nasa.gov