Lead story photograph source Space X-d.
Today, Elon Musks’ Space X took one small step for mankind (Space X-a). A dress rehearsal for the first United States (U.S.) maned space flight in eight years, since the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) ceased manned space flight. Since manned space flight by N.A.S.A. has been ceased the U.S. tax payer has been paying $80 million United States Dollars (U.S.D.) per seat to Russia to launch and fly to the space station.
Today, Space X launched their Falcon 9 rocket with a dummy human named Ripley (in reference to Signourney Weavers’ Ripley character in the Movie the “Alien” conceived and crafted by Ridley Scott) embedded with sensors, primarily isolated on the neck and spine, to monitor launch and flight conditions. A typical Falcon 9 launch will cost $62 million U.S.D. with a standard payment plan, according to Space X-b. The Space X Falcon 9 rocket is a two-stage reusable rocket (Space X-c). Falcon 9 rocket (source) image (Space X-c).
If approved by N.A.S.A., Space X has a tentative plan to have the first U.S. manned space flight in eight years. The board strokes plan for manned space flight by Space X is earth orbit followed by the Moon and Mars according the Space X Founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) Elon Musk (Source: National Broadcasting Company Nightly News, 3/2/2019).
The last U.S. human shuttle launch for N.A.S.A. was Space Transport Systems-135 (S.T.S.-135) commanded by astronaut Christopher Ferguson on July 8, 2011 with a thirteen day mission duration (N.A.S.A., 2011).
Great Job Space X, Elon Musk and N.A.S.A!!!!!!!
Image and photograph sources (N.A.S.A., 2011).
You Tube video source Space X-a (2019).
N.A.S.A. (2011, July 28). S.T.S 135 Crew. nasa.gov.
Space X-a. (2019). Crew DEMO-1 Mission. SpaceX.com
Space X-b. (2019). Capabilities and Services. SpaceX.com
Space X-c. (2019). Falcon 9. SpaceX.com.
Space X-d. (2017). First Re-Flight. SpaceX.com