My family was super excited to watch the space launch this weekend. My mother told me the story of where she was and what she was doing during the Appollo 11 moon landing on July 20th, 1969. Similarly, etched into my memory is the Crew Dragon Demo-2 flight. The final space shuttle, Atlantis, trip was launched on July 8th, 2011. Nine years later, this flight marks the return of space travel from the United States soil. Furthermore, the Crew Dragon Demo-2 launch is the first time that a commercial company, SpaceX, launched humans into space. At my house, we held a launch party of three.
In case you missed the live coverage, below is a clip of the SpaceX Demo-2 launch live coverage from May 30th, 2020.
Here is a clip of Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley's arrival at the International Space Station (ISS). My family spent our Sunday morning watching live coverage of the docking and arrival at ISS. We were amazed by the process!
We loved the 'behind the scenes' live tour of SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Bob and Doug were given the honor of renaming the capsule, "Endeavor".
Watch this tour of the capsule while on-orbit to learn the reasons why!
FUN FACT: There is a long history of astronauts bringing plushies to ISS. Bob and Doug's sons chose Trimmer the Apotasurus from their personal toys as the official 'ride-along' mascot.
Was this one of the historic events of your lifetime? If you were an astronaut, what kind of plushie would you bring? Comment below to share your thoughts.