The next big leap

SpaceX took a giant step this weekend with the successful launch of its Crew Dragon demo capsule, its first spacecraft designed to carry humans.

Curved bright streak of a rocket launch, with a palm tree in front.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | EarthSky community member Michael Holland captured this photo of the SpaceX launch. The capsule was uncrewed and only a demonstration … but it’s also the 1st commercially-built and operated American spacecraft designed for humans to dock at the International Space Station. It took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida just before 3 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Bottom line: Successful test launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, designed to eventually carry humans to the ISS.

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Deborah Byrd