SpaceX Capsule Successfully Docks at International Space Station
In a historic event, Elon Musk's SpaceX expedition concluded with a successful docking at the International Space Station, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The trip took nineteen hours after the Falcon 9 launched on Saturday from Florida. This event marked the first time that a private spacecraft with astronauts on board was able to attain orbit and marks a new industry-government partnership to reinvigorate US space travel. The SpaceX capsule docked with the International Space Station at 10:16 AM.
“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,” an exuberant Jim Bridenstine, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said.
“This has gone as well as we could have expected it to go,” he continued. Amid a turbulent American environment, the success of the partnership between SpaceX and NASA helps Americans “look at the future and say things are going to be brighter.”
The success of this mission only adds to the growing ambitions that look to return US astronauts to the moon and possibly Mars. NASA believes that this partnership with SpaceX will encourage other companies to get involved in the initiative. However, it has been rumored that the agency is significantly underfunded.
Around 1 PM Sunday astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken entered the International Space Station. “Bob and Doug, we’re glad to have you as part of the crew,” said U.S. astronaut Chris Cassidy, the space station’s commander.
“We don’t want to declare victory yet,” Mr. Musk said. He was emotionally citing that it had taken him 18 years to successfully send humans to space from US soil. "We need to bring them home safely.” The same capsule will be used to return the astronauts back to the ground.