May 31, 2020

Private rocket takes astronauts to ISS

The private rocket company SpaceX has sent two Nasa astronauts into orbit.

It's the first time since the retirement of the shuttles nine years ago that an American crew has made the journey from US territory.

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are not only trialling a new capsule system, they are also initiating a new business model for Nasa.

The agency will no longer own the vehicles it uses but merely purchase the "taxi" service offered by SpaceX.

Hurley and Behnken have a 19-hour journey to the International Space Station (ISS), with their arrival set for Sunday.

(BBC News)