NASA, SpaceX Crew Dragon Demonstration-2  launched with two astronauts. They’ve successfully reached the International Space Station(ISS)

NASA and SpaceX are two reputed space agencies in America. Now, these two want to create history by sending astronauts to space. They took so much care about this project because this is the first project of SpaceX to send astronauts to space. And for NASA, this is the most prestigious project because NASA didn’t send astronauts to space from its motherland America since 2011. So they both working together to make this Crew Dragon Demo-2 successful.

With this Crew Dragon rocket, NASA’s main intention is to send the astronauts to the space station and also get back them safely along with space research data. Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are the two astronauts who flew to space.

Astronauts:

The specific person who has the capability to go to space is called Astronaut or Cosmonaut. The word ‘naut’ is taken from the Greek word ‘nautes’ which means “Sailor” and Astro or Cosmo means outer space. So the term astronaut represents ‘Space Sailor’. The term ‘astronaut’ is used by 7 NASA astronauts in a press conference. The seven astronauts are Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., Donald Slayton. ‘This is not the same for all countries. For example, we can call Chinese astronauts as ‘taikonauts’ and in France, we call them ‘spationaute’.

Robert Behnken

Robert Behnken was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000. He spent more than 708 hours in space and now he is serving as a joint operation commander on the first crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission. Bob’s words about the mission “So Doug Hurley and I are about to take NASA SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. During that mission will perform some checkouts everything from a response to a fire on board to flying close to the International Space Station manually make sure all the systems are working during the test flight.

So that the future missions will have them available even if they don’t plan to utilize them. We’re hopeful that future crews on you know dragon vehicles headed to you know NASA space station aren’t cursing our names because that we accepted some features that were complicated and hard to train and then the end hard to operate.”

NASA astronaut-Robert Behnken with spacesuit. Pic credit: NASA

Douglas Hurley

Douglas G. Hurley was born on October 21st, 1966. He completed his graduation in a stream of civil engineering in 1988. He was selected as a pilot by NASA in July 2000. Now he is the commander of Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission to International Space Station. He says about the mission “This mission is the crude test flight for the SpaceX Crew Dragon so every portion of the flight this will be the first time the Crew Dragon has had Crew onboard and so there is a myriad of objectives we want to achieve obviously the first part is to launch a rendezvous and docking phase”.

NASA astronaut- Douglas Gerald Hurley with spacesuit. Pic credit: NASA

Crew Dragon Demo-2:

The SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo 2 mission has a Falcon 9 rocket with aa Crew Dragon capsule. The two astronauts Bob and Doug were placed in this capsule with all the safety precautions. Officially the mission was scheduled to launch on 27th May 2020. But due to bad weather conditions, it was postponed to 30th May 2020 at 3:22:45 p.m EDT (19:22:45 UTC)

NASA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon capsule. Pic credit: NASA

The second attempt was succeeded means NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 was successfully launched on 30th May 2020 at 3:22:45 p.m EDT (19:22:45 UTC). It is the crewed test flight. So the entire world was waiting for that moment of launching. Here Falcon 9 rocket plays a vital role in the mission. It has reusable capacity means we can use this rocket, again and again, to send astronauts and satellites to space. So it reduces the cost of the upcoming missions. Falcon 9 costs around 62 million US dollars. This is one of the great inventions by Elon Musk.

The NASA, SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission was successfully launched and entered into the orbit as per the schedule. The mission was done well as per the below schedule. Now the Crew Dragon was docked with the International Space Station.

NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 launch schedule. Pic credit: Michael Sheetz

The Crew Dragon Demo-2 was docked successfully with International Space Station at 10:29 A.M ET. The astronauts open the hatch of Crew Dragon around 12:45 P.M ET. Ninety percent of the mission was successfully completed with Crew Dragon docking. With this action, SpaceX created the history that a first private space agency to send astronauts to space. And also NASA remakes the history by sending Bob and Doug to space. This will become a milestone for both NASA and SpaceX.

Crew Dragon Demo-2 is ready to dock with International Space Station. Pic credit: NASA // SpaceX

Elon was quite happy about what his creation has done. He felt happy but not prefer to celebrate because he was a person with a kind heart. Elon says “I think it was an argument that the return is more dangerous in some ways than the ascent, so in order to declare the victory yet, we need to bring them home safely and make sure that we’re doing everything we can to minimize that risk of reentry and return”. It shows how much responsibility he took on this mission.

When does SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo 2 return?

As per the Doug Hurley words, they (Bob and Doug) will stay at the space station for 30 to 90 days. They can discover more about space during this time. When its time, the Crew Dragon will undock from the space station and do an entry and then landing in the Atlantic Ocean near the Florida coast.

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