On Saturday, May 30, 2020, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft launched on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station and made its way into the history books. The Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The test flight serves as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Behnken and Hurley launched at 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.

Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

2020年5月30日,星期六,SpaceX公司的猎鹰9号火箭载着该公司的载人龙飞船在NASA SSpaceX Demo-2任务中发射到国际空间站,并载入史册。SpaceX Demo-2任务是NASA的商业宇航员计划的一部分,它是由SpaceX载人龙飞船和猎鹰9号火箭首次向国际空间站发射宇航员。这次试飞是SpaceX载人运输系统的端到端演示。罗伯特·贝恩肯和道格拉斯·赫尔利计划于美国东部时间5月30日星期六下午3点22分从肯尼迪航天中心39A号发射中心发射升空。自2011年航天飞机计划结束以来,美国宇航员将再次乘坐美国火箭从美国本土发射到近地轨道,人类太空飞行的新时代将开始。

影像来源:NASA/Joel Kowsky