SpaceX Succeeds at Becoming First Private Company to Send Humans to Space

NASA’s Space Shuttle program ended almost a decade ago.

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SpaceX has just become the first private firm to successfully launch humans into orbit. Taking place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Falcon 9-powered Crew Dragon SpaceX capsule carried both long-standing NASA astronauts Robert (Bob) Behnken and Douglas Hurley.

This launch will be the first time in almost a decade that American astronauts have traveled to space; NASA’s Space Shuttle program ended in 2011 after a 30-year run. This launch also gave space enthusiasts one of the clearest views of what transpires during space travel along with a thorough tour of inside the shuttle. In one emotional part of the live feed, the two pilots revealed that a third passenger — a plush toy dinosaur — was accompanying them as a representation of both their families.

The historical moment was made even sweeter when both Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley revealed that their piloted space capsule would be renamed to the “Endeavour” capsule. This renaming not only commemorates NASA’s original Space Shuttle Endeavour, but it was also the shuttle in which both Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley took their first flights to space in.

Watch the full stream above, and expect the “Endeavour” capsule to dock with the Internation Space Station on May 31, 10:29 a.m. EDT.

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