US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The successful launch of Saturday’s first manned spacecraft from the United States since 2011 marked a triumphant and exciting turning point in the amazing history of American space exploration.
The days when American astronauts had to use Russian rockets to go into space were a thing of the past. America has again become a country that independently carries out manned space flights and is no longer dependent in this sense on other countries.
Like millions of Americans, I watched with excitement as NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took off from the earth and went to the International Space Station.
The launch of the Falcon 9 spaceship, created by SpaceX and launched from Cape Canaveral, brought long-awaited relief after Wednesday, May 27, just a few minutes before the launch had to cancel the scheduled launch due to adverse weather conditions.
The launch of this spacecraft proved that the partnership between NASA and private companies could be fruitful, and it marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of space research. NASA used the powerful engine of our free enterprise system to conduct space exploration in the most efficient and most economical way.
This launch brought Americans the long-awaited batch of good news and hope. Now we need it more than ever.
Riots erupted in many American cities. Their cause was the death of an unarmed black man named George Floyd, whom white cop Derek Chauvin choked on his knee for eight minutes. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has already claimed the lives of more than 100 thousand citizens of our country, weakened our economy and deprived millions of Americans of their jobs.
Therefore, the first manned launch of a spacecraft from American soil after a long break is something we can all celebrate.
Deep space has always been a source of inspiration and admiration for people – even before Russia launched its first satellite in 1957, and the American astronaut Neil Armstrong made his historic first steps on the lunar surface in 1969.
These events took place before I was born, but I learned from my parents and other relatives and friends who remember the historical first stages of space exploration and the moon race, how those first flights attracted the attention of billions of people around the world.
People have always looked at the sky and thought about what is beyond.
Once the Greek philosopher Socrates said: “A person must rise above the Earth – into the atmosphere and beyond, – for only in this way he will fully understand the world in which he lives.”
From the moment he said this, several millennia have passed, but the search for answers continues, and human curiosity does not wane.
On Wednesday, May 27, when the planned launch of the new spacecraft had to be canceled, the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, called this project “the culmination of a dream,” which he had been pursuing for 10 years.
When the launch took place on Saturday, May 30, the dream of Mask came true.
The eccentric Max admitted that if 10 years ago someone asked him what is the probability that he, together with his team, will be able to launch his spacecraft into space today, he would estimate this probability at no more than 1%.
If you are old enough, you know that every successful launch brings a sense of relief. You can’t help but return to the tragedies that befell the shuttle Challenger in 1986 and the shuttle Columbia in 2003, which killed 14 astronauts. Fortunately, the three Apollo 13 astronauts managed to survive, although they were in an extremely dangerous position, which threatened them with death.
We know that human lives can come at the cost of space exploration, and that is why we respect astronauts so deeply. We cheer for them and rejoice when they succeed, because we know that their victories benefit all of us.
Flying into space reminds us that life and miracles exist even where we have never been.
The late John Glenn, who was the first American to fly around the earth in orbit, told reporters, “It’s impossible for me to look at this creation and not believe in God. It only strengthens my faith.”
I have long believed that one of the keys to happiness is to continue to strive for more, even if it is beyond my means. Goals structure our lives and make us focus. However, they also make us enjoy our aspirations, and this is what Musk has been talking about for a long time.
“There must be something that makes you get out of bed in the morning and want to live,” Musk once said. – Why do you want to live? What is your goal? What inspires you? What do you want to see in the future?”
Let’s cheer for our astronauts who are heading to the International Space Station, and let their triumph inspire us to strive to fulfill our hopes and desires.
Americans love unpromising projects, especially dreams that seem unrealizable and out of this world. Perhaps this is due to the fact that, intuitively or subconsciously, we know that if the dream of a person like Elon Musk can come true, our dreams can also come true one day.
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