SpaceX to Launch Humans Wednesday!


For the first time in nine years. Elon Musk will launch two astronauts into space off of US soil, woo hoo! The Demo-2 Mission will launch space dudes Robert L Behnken and Douglas Hurley into orbit on Wednesday at 4:30PM EDT. Robert was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is a veteran of two Space Shuttle flights, having spent more than 29 days in space. Douglas was a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is also a space veteran. Doug piloted the Space Shuttle twice, including the program’s final mission. Sounds like these two will handle Elon’s money quite well. I can not imagine the stress of starting your own space company and dealing with billions of dollars in equipment daily.

After the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, astronauts have had to launch with the Russians. Wednesday’s event leaves another mark on history for Musk. This mission is the first time that a private venture will take humans into Earth’s orbit. Only the U.S., Russia and China have completed this great feat. SpaceX has made the opportunity for more regular guy, aka, billionaire space missions possible.

NASA teamed up with SpaceX for the flight. SpaceX provided the rocket while NASA provided the astronauts. NASA is looking to further their Artemis program. This program’s goal is to return humans to the Moon in the next few years and finish with Mars. The rocket used tomorrow will be the Falcon 9. The astronauts will ride in the Crew Dragon capsule atop the rocket. The Falcon 9 rocket has the unique capability to return to earth and be reused again. This mission is set for 110 days.

Keep breaking records Elon and hit your life goal for Mars! Many of us are enjoying watching your fails and triumphs turn into one incredible story! Which by the way if you have not read the biography of Musk by Ashlee Vance, great book.

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Doug and Robert

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