NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf
SpaceX running the show
Elon Musk's SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station.
The curtain rises next Wednesday with the scheduled liftoff of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts, a test flight years in the making.
Shift to private companies
``We're building momentum toward a much more exciting future,'' said John Logsdon, founder of George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and a professor emeritus.
Launch pad drop off by Tesla X
The Dragon riders appreciate Musk's hands-on approach.
``On more than one occasion he has looked both Bob and I right in the eye and said, `Hey, if there's anything you guys are not comfortable with or that you're seeing, please tell me and we'll fix it.''' Hurley said.
Keeping pandemic in mind
"All the more impressive"
Only three countries have launched humans _ Russia, the U.S. and China in that order _ making SpaceX's attempt all the more impressive.