How SpaceX first sent astronauts to the ISS: photo spread

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — SpaceX passed the most serious test in its 18-year history – it sent a ship with astronauts into orbit. Its founder, Elon Musk, called this mission “the culmination of a dream.”

The probability of such a development during the creation of the company, he, by his own admission, was estimated at 0.1%.

SpaceX sent American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first manned mission to be carried out on a private spaceship. For the first time since 2011, NASA astronauts fly to the ISS not on the Russian Soyuz.

Before the first launch attempt, which was eventually canceled due to bad weather, Musk stated that the mission was “the culmination of a dream.”

“This is a dream that has come true. In fact, it seems surreal, – said the billionaire. – If I were asked at the time when I created SpaceX whether this would happen, I would answer: the probability is 1%. Even 0.1%.”


NASA astronauts Bob Benken and Doug Harley are getting ready to board the Crew Dragon spacecraft built by SpaceX.

Harley says goodbye to his family before the start.

Astronauts arrive at launch pad.

Crew Dragon is the first private spacecraft in history to deliver astronauts to low Earth orbit.

Bob Benken and Doug Harley amid Falcon 9 booster rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

It was raining just a couple of hours before launch. The probability of cancellation was estimated at 50%.

Crew Dragon was launched on the second attempt. The first launch was scheduled for May 27, but was delayed due to weather conditions.

US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence oversee launch at Kennedy Space Center.

On the ISS, Crew Dragon with astronauts will arrive in the evening of May 31.

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