Nine years ago, the United States sent the last US astronauts into orbit. Former President Barack Obama had effectively killed the US space program (NASA), and it had been on life support until President Trump took office in 2016. On Saturday May 30, 2020 millions of Americans in Florida and all over America watched a very historic flight as Space X’s “Falcon 9” rocket ship blasted off at 3:22pm, with two American astronauts aboard, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. The rocket ship took off from Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A, the same spot the Apollo and space shuttle missions took off from, on it’s way to the Interplanetary Space Station. Another first for America, this mission relied heavily on a commercial company and not just NASA.
A startup company by the name of Space X, had come on the scene, developing new types of rockets back in 2002. It’s eccentric owner, Elon Musk would become well-known for his new and sporty car called Tesla. Musk had a goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. A couple of monumental goals achieved by Space X is being the first private company to send an unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station in 2010. Another was being the first private company to launch an object into orbit around the sun.
The payload was a Tesla Roadster convertible with a spaceman dummy at the wheel, which will be flying around in space until who knows when. If there are in fact aliens, or other life forms somewhere out in space, one can only imagine their reaction upon seeing this sight.