Cheering Us Up in the Coronapocalypse While things on earth (particularly in the United States) may be a complete shitshow, there’s still hope for humanity as Elon Musk’s rocket successfully lifted off today, taking two American astronauts to the International Space Station. According to a report by the Associated Press:
A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from home soil for the first time in nearly a decade.
NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode skyward aboard a white-and-black, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off at 3:22 p.m. from the same launch pad used to send Apollo crews to the moon a half-century ago. Minutes later, they slipped safely into orbit.
The U.S. is Back! The U.S. had been a slump reminiscent of Baltimore Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis’s hitless streak in that the nation that was the first to land a man on the moon suddenly bumming rides from its Russian rivals. Thankfully, that’s over and the successful SpaceX flight means the United States can launch its own manned missions again (barring a worsening of the coronapocalypse or the nation being burnt to the ground by the current riots)
According to CNN:
For now, Behnken and Hurley are biding their time on Crew Dragon, and making sure that the spacecraft’s autonomous systems are functioning properly while the spacecraft slowly eases itself on a path to rendezvous with the ISS. Docking is scheduled for 10:27 am ET Sunday.
No More Dusty Balls Says Trump? No confirmation on the wild rumor that WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump said “The United States’ nine-year drought in space was like a bad case of dusty balls.” According to my sources at NASA and SpaceX, this quote may have been attributed to one Ronald Trump, who provides maintenance for Hanger 18.
When last checked, William Shatner was still ready to fill in if one of the NASA astronauts was unable to make it.