SpaceX ‘ferry’ orbit means we’ve entered a new, entrepreneurial Space Age
23rd November 2020

Welcome to a new and different Space Age: Elon Musk’s SpaceX this week ferried four NASA astronauts to the International Space Station — and brought along Baby Yoda for good measure.

Just 27 hours after liftoff aboard the Falcon rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, the Dragon capsule made contact with the crew aboard the ISS. The passengers (three Americans and a Japanese astronaut) will spend six months aboard the ISS.

The team called Crew-1 christened their ride “Resilience” — a reference to all of the challenges presented by 2020. A truly inspiring moment in a very grueling year.

The launch was only the second time in about a decade that NASA astronauts blasted into orbit from US soil. Since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011, NASA had to rent seats from Russia.

But this mission marks the start of regular crew rotations that rely on private companies to ferry astronauts to space.

Thanks to Musk, his SpaceX team and NASA, America’s space program is truly back — and better than ever.

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