A New Era of Human Spaceflight has been born… on a Dragon

Yesterday SpaceX launched 2 NASA astronauts aboard their Crew Dragon 2 Spacecraft, designated Demo Mission 2 (DM-2). Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley made history. This marks the first time NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from LC-39A with Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley | photo: Crystal Gabriel

The weather was touch and go with a few Florida showers only hours before launch. It did however clear up just at the right time. The crowd waited with anticipation and excitement. Kids rolled around on scooters and played catch. Vendors were out and about selling cuisine and apparel. Many came from across the nation, Tennessee, New York, California and even saw a plate from Alaska. It turned out to be a beautiful day and… of course, launch.

A soaring Falcon with Crew Dragon atop. | photo: Crystal Gabriel

This launch is the final major test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certification of Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

We would like to congratulate, NASA, SpaceX and, Bob and Doug for this extraordinary spaceflight test.

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Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.