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18 years after inception, Space X makes breakthrough into commercial space sector

Two American astronauts boarded the International Space Station from a SpaceX capsule, marking the first time humans have traveled to orbit on a commercially developed craft, forging a new era for NASA and visionary billionaire Elon Musk.
 
The Dragon craft carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the orbiting lab at 10:16 am. Eastern time Sunday, about 19 hours after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. They entered the station at 1:22 pm after completing a series of arrival checklists.
 
The milestone flight is the first time American astronauts have flown from US soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. The achievement comes 18 years after Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp. with the goal of populating other planets.
 
Successfully carrying humans to space would mark the latest breakthrough for a company known for setting ambitious goals. In the decade since the first Falcon 9 rocket reached orbit, SpaceX has eclipsed rivals like Europe’s Arianespace and United Launch Alliance, a Boeing-Lockheed Martin Corp. venture, to grab the lead of commercial launches.
 
Bad weather delays launch
 
The launch and the initial phases of the journey proceeded smoothly. The main rocket booster flew back to Earth and stuck the landing on a drone ship — a once-remarkable feat that has become routine for SpaceX.
 
The SpaceX launch was originally slated for May 27, but was scrubbed due to bad weather. While rain showers earlier Saturday briefly raked launch complex 39A, the weather cleared and SpaceX loaded fuel onto the Falcon 9 rocket and moved through a final check of its systems.
 
Commercial space a future career?
 
With tremendous publicity around the players like SpaceX making it big in this segment, commercial space travel and tourism looks like a lucrative future career option for kids. For space enthusiasts, this career offers tremendous opportunities as private companies such as Virgin Atlantic, SpaceX and others are beginning to offer space programs which are usually run by governments across the world. 
 
The SpaceX launch definitely is a breakthrough for the world in the commercial space segment and shows kids of today to dream big and to think even bigger, about making a foray onto other planets! 
 

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