For the first time in the history of human and space research, two American astronauts reached at the International Space Station on the evening of May 31 in a commercially made aircraft.
The two astronauts who arrived at the International Space Station, Bob Behnken and Dough Hurley, left the Kennedy Space Station in California on the night of May 30 and 31 in the aircraft of the private space agency SpaceX.
SpaceX is a US private space research company owned by Elon Musk and its partner Tesla not only makes unique vehicles but also space equipment.
This is the first time in human history @NASA_Astronauts have entered the @Space_Station from a commercially-made spacecraft. @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug have finally arrived to the orbiting laboratory in @SpaceX's Dragon Endeavour spacecraft. pic.twitter.com/3t9Ogtpik4
— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020
This is the first time that the US government’s NASA space agency has allowed a private company to take astronauts to the International Space Station.
SpaceX sent the two American astronauts to the International Space Station via the Falcon 9 rocket-propelled vehicle Crew Dragon.
What was special about this vehicle was that it was completely controlled from the ground and the astronauts travelling in it were free from any responsibility.
In addition, the vehicle was equipped with state-of-the-art computerized systems that would allow astronauts to get out of the vehicle and return to Earth with the help of a parachute in case of an accident.
Similarly, for the first time, touch systems like mobile screens were installed in this vehicle and this space vehicle called Crew Dragon is considered to be the most modern space vehicle till date.
The spacecraft can carry up to seven people in total, but SpaceX sent only two astronauts to the International Space Station, who reached at the International Space Station after a journey of about 19 hours.
NASA also broadcast live video of the private spacecraft landed on the International Space Station.
The SpaceX spacecraft was attached to the International Space Station at 7:30 pm Pakistani time on May 31. The spacecraft left for space at about 1:30 pm that night.
The mission was special because it was the first time since 2011 that astronauts from the United States have landed on the International Space Station.
For the past decade, US astronauts have been flying into space from Russian spacecraft and Kazakhstan, and the US government has provided billions of dollars a year to Russia.
"The whole world saw this mission and we are so, so proud of everything you’ve done for our country and, in fact, to inspire the world." – Administrator @JimBridenstine congratulates @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug who just arrived aboard the @Space_Station. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/7cYwdCcdJa
— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020