Missions to Space are always fascinating and fun to watch. The countdown to launch is one of the most critical moments where everyone watching holds their breaths as the flame engulfs the shuttle base. Many can remember the remarkable words of the astronaut Neil Armstrong as he first set his foot on the Moon. Mankind has been eager to set strides in its voyage into space and spending all its resources to explore the infinite vastness of the space.
The mind-boggling idea that humans can be capable of living outside Earth is one that has the species curious ever since we were looking at the stars and creating shapes. The International Space Station (ISS) holds the humans currently away from Earth and the autonomy of the launch of this rocket will allow a much higher trust to be placed in the autonomy of vehicles on Earth as well.
We were set to witness history as the mission was being set up ready to launch. The manned mission was a first after almost a decade since a manned mission had been set to launch from American Soil. The mission was all green lights until the last few minutes before bad weather interrupted the launch. Around T – 17 Minutes the launch was called off due to inclement weather and postponed to the weekend. The launch is now set to occur on May 30th at 3:22 PM from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The mission is set to launch a Crew Dragon Spacecraft and will take along NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be used to launch the astronauts and is one of the most interesting aspects of this collaboration between SpaceX and NASA.
The launch is remarkable because it ends the United States’ dependency on Russia for human entry to space. It is also the first for Elon Musk’s company SpaceX launching humans into space along with their reusable rockets. Elon Musk even stated as the mission being a Dream come true for him.
The NASA Administrator spoke of the disappointment of the excited people waiting to see a human space mission and said that the weather had got them for today. He stated that the atmosphere had too much electricity today. He claimed that the ‘wet-dress rehearsal’ led them to learn many things in preparation for the actual launch. NASA also wrote congratulations to all the graduates of 2020 in a tweet.