SpaceX is about to launch its first people into orbit, an experimental flight of its new Crew Dragon spaceship.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will pilot the mission, called Demo-2, but their safety is not all that’s at stake for NASA and SpaceX.
SpaceX has big plans for lunar and Mars exploration, yet needs to show it can fly crewed missions before it can hope to achieve its grandest goals.
NASA, meanwhile, wants to resurrect crewed US spaceflight for the first time in nearly a decade.
The flight also represents a path for NASA to fully staff the International Space Station, end Russia’s spaceflight monopoly, and do the space-based research in support of future moon and Mars missions.
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Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with the hope of inspiring Mars exploration. These days, though, SpaceX is working toward flying people around the moon and later land some on the surface, then moving on to establish Martian cities, drop a million settlers there, and back up the human race.
But if SpaceX is to have any hope of achieving such grand visions, the rocket company must first prove it can safely launch people …read more
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