In the past 24 hours, a s commercial Spacecraft flew 250 miles (400 km) into Space, then docked, boarded, and joined the crew of 3, bringing the total crew of the ISS to 7. They will remain there for 6 months. As a Libertarian, I feel we are on the cusp of something important.
NASA and SpaceX launched a rocket over the weekend carrying a group of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). This wasn’t the first time the Dragon capsule carried human passengers into space — that honor goes to the Demo-2 mission earlier this year. However, this is the first regular ISS crew rotation mission for NASA to utilize a commercial spacecraft. After years of development, the Commercial Crew Program has succeeded.
The launch included three NASA astronauts: Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Michael Hopkins. The fourth crew member was JAXA’s Soichi Noguchi. This is the culmination of years of work at NASA and its commercial partners to design and test human-rated spacecraft that could replace the Space Shuttle for US launches. Ever since the Shuttle was retired, NASA has been forced to purchase seats on Russian Soyuz rockets to reach the station. That arrangement was expensive, and the agency was running out of guaranteed seats after numerous Commercial Crew delays.
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