ISRO Congratulates NASA and SpaceX for Their ‘Historic’ Manned Mission

Ruben Fields
June 1, 2020

The launch marked the end of a nine-year period in which NASA astronauts had not departed for the ISS from USA soil.

The network, which was carrying audio from NASA on a delay, was still running the countdown to launch as viewers watched the rocket carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley flying into the atmosphere.

"The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA's Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station", NASA said.

Crew Dragon then made a "hard capture", which involved using 12 latches to create an air-locked seal between Behnken and Hurley's crew cabin and their entrance to the space station and linked up Crew Dragon's power supply to the ISS.

SpaceX's missions to the moon and Mars suffered a setback last week, however, when a fourth Starship prototype rocket exploded in a giant fireball shortly after ignition of a static test.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches into space from Kennedy Space Center with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft

"We chose Endeavour for a few reasons, because of this incredible endeavour Nasa, SpaceX and the United States have been on since the end of the shuttle program back in 2011".

Crossing this milestone means that essentially the first half of the mission has been completed successfully.

"To our SpaceX colleagues, bravo on a magnificent moment in spaceflight history and on the start of a new journey that has changed the face of space travel in this new era of space transportation".

"The whole world saw this mission, and we are so, so proud of everything you have done for our country and, in fact, to inspire the world", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a call from Mission Control in Houston. "It was just an wonderful day".

NASA has also partnered with Boeing Co. which has developed its own capsule.

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To which Musk responded, "The trampoline is working". "What should have happened a long time ago happened", he added. The Falcon 9 took off from the same launch pad used by NASA's final space shuttle flight, piloted by Hurley, in 2011.

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