SpaceX is the first ever private company to take astronauts into the International Space Station. Started in 2002 SpaceX has the ultimate goal of finding another planet inhabitable for humans. Working together with NASA the Falcon 9 rocket and crew Dragon capsule is set to take off from earth on 27th May 2020 (today) from the Kennedy Space Centre Florida. There will be two American astronauts on board and this is the first crewed mission after nine years. Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic extra measures have been taken to make sure the virus will not be taken into space. The two astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been in quarantine longer than the usual to ensure this.
The founder of SpaceX Elon Musk wants to be among the stars, make the things we see in movies a reality. Since NASA has retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011, some say SpaceX will be saving at least about 40 Million Dollars for Nasa. Reusable rockets can make space exploration much cheaper and SpaceX was able to prove it when Falcon 9 made its landing near Cape Canaveral all by itself on 08th April 2016 after launching on 21st December 2015 for the first time in the history. A live telecast of the launch is also scheduled for today. This could mean that in the future there will a transportation service ready for humans to travel to the international space station.
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