Space travel enthusiasts have been waiting on tenterhooks for the launch of the first independently financed rocket to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) after the initially scheduled take off was aborted last week.
Spacex’s Dragon capsule, launched aboard rocket Falcon 9, was supposed to take off on Saturday 19th May, but it was aborted after minor engine complications. Well, Buzz Patrol is pleased to bring you the news that SpaceX’s rocket did in fact take off successful from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday 22nd May.
The head of Nasa said that the take off heralded ‘new era’ in space exploration, as SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will be the first ever private company to deliver supplies to the ISS.
CEO of California based firm SpaceX, Elon Musk, was ecstatic about the launch, he told reporters: “There’s so much hope riding on that rocket, so when it worked, and Dragon worked and the solar arrays deployed, [company employees] saw their handiwork in space and operating as it should – it was tremendous elation.”
According to certain reports doing the rounds on the net, the SpaceX rocket will also have a very special package aboard – the ashes of James Doohan, the actor who played Star Trek’s infamous engineer Scotty!! Scotty’s ashes, along with those of several other people whose final wish was to have their ashes scattered in space, were placed in a special container that detached itself from the rocket approximately 10 minutes after the launch. This container will orbit the earth for about a year and then burn up upon its return to earth. Can you imagine how many ‘beam me up Scotty’ references this is going to facilitate!!
Nasa Chief Hails New Era in Space (Via BBC)