The day the first commercial spacecraft carried astronauts to the ISS – level 3
On May 30, 2020, SpaceX launched a spacecraft that carried two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). It was the first time that a privately owned spacecraft carried humans into space.
The launch was conducted from NASA’s center in Florida. The launch was initially scheduled for May 27 but was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions.
The spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station about 19 hours after launch, and the astronauts stayed on board the station for about two months before returning to Earth.
The launch was also the first crewed launch from American soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
Difficult words: spacecraft (a vehicle that can travel in space), dock (to connect two spacecraft in space), crewed (with a crew on board), American soil (American land), the Space Shuttle (a vehicle that goes into space and back to Earth several times).
What do you think was the most exciting part of the SpaceX launch?
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