NASA Certifies SpaceX For Human Space Travel

NASA Certifies SpaceX For Human Space Travel

Space geeks undoubtedly remember when SpaceX launched it’s first manned mission earlier this year. It was the landmark day for the private sector space travel industry. The astronauts returned to Earth safely in August and since then, SpaceX has been anxiously awaiting NASA’s certification of their Dragon crew capsule. Keep in mind, NASA has not certified a human carrying space vessel since the space shuttle (almost 40 years ago). However, NASA officially certified the crew capsule earlier this week. This not only represents a big step for SpaceX, it also ends NASA’s reliance on Russia. The agency has been using the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. Looking to the future, American astronauts will depart for ISS from US soil.

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