SpaceX rocket with four astronauts launched towards Space Station ISS
Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the launch, said in advance that president Donald Trump has ensured that America ‘is back on top of the clean sweep’. The new president, Joe Biden, also tweeted his congratulations, and said that the launch is ” proof of the critique of science.” The journey to the space station will take 27 hours, according to AP news agency.
The first manned commercial space flight ever was at the end of May. Then SpaceX brought the American astronauts Douglas Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS. At the beginning of August, they returned to Earth. That was also the first manned American space flight since 2011.
The crew members of the second flight are Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker from the United States and the Japanese Soichi Noguchi. They were originally to be launched on his father’s day, but heavy gusts of wind threw soot to the East. There was also uncertainty about a possible coronation contamination of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
The mission is called Crew-1, because the second flight counts as the first official flight of the SpaceX program. The space trip of Hurley and Behnken was formally a demonstration flight, intended to test all systems. The next SpaceX flight is next spring. Then two Americans, a Japanese and a Frenchman go to the ISS.
The United States flew to space with its own space shuttles for years, but they retired in 2011. After that, the country was dependent on archrival Russia, against Washington’s will. That’s why the Americans have been working on new missiles for years, in collaboration with companies like SpaceX and Boeing. In a few years, the United States, together with Europe, will want to put people on the moon. That would be the first time since 1972.