Zack Apiratitham

SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch


Loren Grush on The Verge:

After nearly two decades of effort, Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, successfully launched its first two people into orbit, ushering in a new age of human spaceflight in the United States. The flight marked the first time astronauts have launched into orbit from American soil in nearly a decade, and SpaceX is now the first company to send passengers to orbit on a privately made vehicle.

What a momentous accomplishment for SpaceX and American human spaceflight.

On a personal note, I am deeply disappointed that I did not get see this launch in person despite living not more than 50 miles away from Cape Canaveral. But I was actually able to hear and feel the rumbling all the way from here, albeit after quite a few minutes of delay. Under usual circumstance, I definitely would have been there since the crack of dawn today to catch a good view of the launch.

Chris Gebhardt on Twitter:

Endeavour! They named it Endeavour! Endeavour was my personal favourite Shuttle Orbiter because it is actually her maiden voyage that is my first memory. This day just keeps getting better and better. #SpaceX #CrewDragon #Endeavour

From the live stream during the tour of the capsule, Doug Hurley said that they picked this name because both his and Bob Behnken's first flight was on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Interestingly, Endeavour was also the name given to the command module on Apollo 15 and the lunar module on that mission was named Falcon.


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