Elon Musk's SpaceX is flying people to and from the International Space Station (ISS), using the Crew Dragon vehicle. But why is Nasa paying a private company to carry its astronauts? To understand the background to the Crew Dragon missions, we need to go back almost 20 years to a tragic accident. On 1 February 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart while re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. All seven astronauts aboard perished in the disaster. The loss of Columbia and its crew was the trigger for a dramatic shift in direction for America's human spaceflight programme. On 14 January 2004, President George W Bush announced that the space shuttle would be retired after...Full Article
Why Elon Musk's SpaceX is launching astronauts for Nasa
WorldNews0 shares 1 views
Related news coverage
Russia recently sent an actor and a director into space to film the first ever movie there.
Watch VideoSpaceX's new Dragon capsule completed its four-person flight to the International Space Station.