SpaceX Launch Opens Up New Chapter for NASA's Human Space Exploration
On Sunday night, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket opening a new chapter for NASA human space exploration, according to CNBC.
The launch took place in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft called "Resilience" was carrying four astronauts. Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi are on board. This event is historic for SpaceX due to the massive amount of funding received and work to launch people into orbit regularly. This mission was the first SpaceX launch with a full crew.
Earlier this week, NASA certified Elon Musk's venture as the first private company to "launch astronauts to-and-from space." NASA public affairs officer Marie Lewis stated,“resilience rises; not even gravity contains humanity when we explore as one for all,” during lift-off.
This launch is less than six months after the company launched a pair of astronauts into orbit in May.
The spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station, with an estimated time of arrival of Monday evening.