There is excitement in the air when something special is about to happen. It was felt by millions on July 20, 1969, when NASA’s Apollo 11 landed on the moon, it was felt on February 6, 2018, when SpaceX launched Starman into Space with the Falcon Heavy and it was felt this weekend with SpaceX’s second liftoff of the company’s Dragon capsule. SpaceX carried four astronauts to orbit on Sunday night, which will carry the astronauts from both Japan and the United States for 27.5 hours to ultimately dock on the International Space Station to start its six-month mission.
SpaceX has earned it the designation of becoming the first privately owned and operated company to have NASA certified spacecraft available for human flight. Catapulting Elon Musk’s SpaceX as the “maverick” of the new era of space travel. It has been easier to bet against the startup with the mission to take on private space travel. Cultivating the magic that was space flight in the 1960s and revitalizing it for the current generation, SpaceX has created nothing short of a movement only limited by those who question the possibility of the impossible.
Fans from all over the world have designated SpaceX as the key to the future of space. Look no further than the comic series, inspired by the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural launch, The Adventures of Starman, and one can read the story that sparked more than just a new superhero but a universe without limits. The series has foreshadowed many real-life events (including this animation of Starman docking with the ISS) mirroring the idea that we are only limited by our own human limitations.
This Sunday’s Dragon launch was not only a successful mission solidifying SpaceX and Elon Musk as the superpower in all things Space but has also marked a new era in the capability of man. Not even gravity can contain the human race now.