This is a groundbreaking move...
At least one good thing came out of 2020!
via: Getty ImagesSpaceX and NASA sent 4 more astronauts into space to live onboard the International Space Station, including NASA’s first-ever Black crew member!
Now, despite the progress we've made in space travel, a lot of our galaxy is still a mystery to us.
via: Getty ImagesBut because of the developments in astronomy over the last few decades, a lot has been discovered about our solar system and what there is outside of Planet Earth.
The first-ever spacewalk was orchestrated in 1965.
via: Getty ImagesThe first-ever person to go on a spacewalk was Alexei Leonov, who was from Russia. It took place on March 18, 1965, and lasted 10 minutes. Whilst the first American to go on a spacewalk was Ed White. His spacewalk was on June 3, 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission which lasted twenty-three-minutes.
However, since SpaceX came onto the scene, we have had an iconic collaboration between them and NASA.
via: Getty ImagesThe two giant space organizations launched their first-ever spacecraft equipped with its own crew, so it can go into space.
The journey started in Cape Canaveral in Florida.
via: Getty ImagesThe mission carried NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station as part of their Crew Dragon human spacecraft development program.
The launch began at 4:33 P.M. EDT.
But one thing halted the mission altogether.
Targeting 4:33 p.m. EDT today for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon with @NASA astronauts on board. Teams are closel… https://t.co/L9I3rKcFDt— SpaceX (@SpaceX)1590583973.0
The weather, of course!
via: Getty ImagesBut after a quick re-schedule, the spacecraft managed to take off but not on the original date intended.
BBC News' science correspondent, Johnathan Amos, previously gave this warning:
via: Getty Images"SpaceX and Nasa also need to listen to what the meteorologists are telling them about the conditions along the flight line in the event that the Dragon has to abort its ascent. If something goes wrong with its rocket, the capsule will need to splashdown somewhere along a swathe of ocean that stretches all the way up the eastern seaboard of the US and reaches across to the British Isles."
via: Getty Images"SpaceX has designated certain zones where the crew would ditch, and each one has to have benign wave and wind conditions. If any of these zones step outside the permitted criteria, the launch will not proceed… even if it’s a beautiful day back in Florida. And just to add to the complication, a tropical storm has formed off South Carolina."
The date had to get moved.
via: Getty ImagesThe weather conditions remained unfavorable, so it was delayed until the 30th.
Thankfully the weather was good enough to launch on that day though!
This mission made history as it was the first-ever crewed spaceflight for Elon Musk's SpaceX, and was also be the first U.S.-based human rocket launch since the end of the Space Shuttle program back in 2011.
Liftoff! https://t.co/DRBfdUM7JA— SpaceX (@SpaceX)1590866618.0
The images from space were simply incredible.
Our beautiful Blue Marble. https://t.co/GwpKb3Tlbl— Col. Doug Hurley (@Col. Doug Hurley)1596147626.0
But that was just the start...
Yesterday on November 16th, the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, Resilience, launched to join the crew onboard the ISS.
Falcon 9 launches Crew Dragon on its first operational flight with astronauts on board, beginning regular crew flig… https://t.co/jr9XshpM4U— SpaceX (@SpaceX)1605543739.0
These are; Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, as well as Soichi Noguchi from the Japanese space agency, JAXA.
And SpaceX is set to make history once again!
Live view of Earth from Crew Dragon → https://t.co/SpsRVRJyB1 https://t.co/4DXHmXL9DS— SpaceX (@SpaceX)1605555683.0
Victor Glover will be the first-ever Black astronaut to join the ISS on this journey.
As only fourteen Black Americans out of three-hundred astronauts have been sent into space.
Dragon is go for docking https://t.co/xT0s3CAEKD— SpaceX (@SpaceX)1605585494.0
Glover might not be the first Black astronaut at the space station...
But he will be the only astronaut to stay as long as 6 months.
Docking confirmed – Crew Dragon has arrived at the @space_station!— SpaceX (@SpaceX)1605586390.0
Glover was asked how he felt about this amazing moment in history...
"It is something to be celebrated once we accomplish it, and I am honored to be in this position and to be a part of this great and experienced crew. And I look forward to getting up there and doing my best to make sure, you know, we are worthy of all the work that’s been put into setting us up for this mission. "You know, unlike the election – that is in the past or receding in the past – this mission is still ahead of me. So, let’s get there, and I’ll talk to you after I get on board."
"It's really special today because we flew an airplane in here, but the plan is for us leave on top of a rocket." -… https://t.co/6SScuaZJg6— NASA (@NASA)1604862653.0
Back in 1983, Guion S. Bluford Jr. was the first Black American man to go to space, shortly followed by Mae Jemison in 1992, who was the first Black woman...
And next year, the first crewed journey on the Boeing's Starliner capsule will be manned by Jeanette Epps, who will be the first Black woman to join the ISS.
Thank you @JimBridenstine! I’m looking forward to the mission.🚀💫 https://t.co/h2xIJMK1Ef https://t.co/cSRf1SE4cr— Jeanette J. Epps (@Jeanette J. Epps)1598369405.0
At the start of the year, a Twitter user commented asking if astronauts could "stick to space" instead of using their platform to talk about current affairs.
Glover responded, "Actually no. Remember who is doing space. People are. As we address extreme weather and pandemic disease, we will understand and overcome racism and bigotry so we can safely and together do space. Thanks for asking."
Actually no. Remember who is doing space. People are. As we address extreme weather and pandemic disease, we will… https://t.co/JlhK0Wx7c8— Victor Glover (@Victor Glover)1591459239.0
Glover expressed his thoughts further in a more recent interview...
"I’ve had some amazing colleagues before me that really could have done it, and there are some amazing folks that will go behind me. I wish it would have already been done, but I try not to draw too much attention to it." What an amazing man. Keep scrolling for more...
The hatches are open and NASA's @SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts Shannon Walker, @Astro_Soichi, @AstroVicGlover, and… https://t.co/i3HL3qY29I— NASA (@NASA)1605593932.0