- Tram Ho
A SpaceX rocket will send two American astronauts to the International Space Station on May 27. This information was officially confirmed by NASA on Friday. This is a memorable event, because it will be the first time SpaceX has put people in space on its rockets.
"On May 27, NASA will once again send American astronauts into space, on an American rocket, from the United States," said NASA Director Jim Bridenstine.
Since July 2011, the United States has been relying on Russia's Soyuz rocket to bring its astronauts to the ISS Space Station. The US Space Agency and SpaceX are determined to implement this plan, although the Covid-19 epidemic is still complicated.
The two astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly to the ISS Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft, launched by Falcon 9 rocket. All are produced by SpaceX, a private aerospace company. by billionaire Elon Musk.
The Falcon 9 rocket will be launched from the historic 39A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This is the launch site that was once used in the Apollo mission.
The May mission will be very important for NASA and SpaceX. While this is the first time SpaceX has put humans into space, NASA will also mark a new history. In the past three decades, the US had used a space shuttle to send its astronauts to the ISS station, but two of them exploded. It was also the most catastrophic accident in the history of aerospace industry.
After abandoning the space shuttle project, NASA switched to SpaceX and Boeing's private aerospace services, but Boeing and its Starliner project failed in a test in December of this year. last. Therefore, SpaceX is facing a historic opportunity to become the first private company to send astronauts into space.
In March, SpaceX commissioned its Crew Dragon on the ISS station, made the 400km orbital trip with a mannequin inside, and returned successfully after 6 days in space. SpaceX has also carried out 15 rocket launches to the ISS since 2012, but only for freight and refueling.
Source : Genk