Dragon docks with ISS; astronauts reveal its name is Endeavour


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Capitalism in space: SpaceX’s first manned Dragon capsule successfully docked today with ISS.

A few hours after launch the two American astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, also revealed that they had named the capsule “Endeavour.”

I know this is really old news from late last night and early this morning, but I was out on a cave trip (taking a work break to have some fun underground for the first time in three months). I post it for completion. I also know that the live stream of these events was active here all day for my readers to follow things, as they happened.

Prepare for even more increasing space excitement in the coming years. The Trump administration increasingly is shifting NASA’s gears to have private companies build its spaceships and rockets and science instruments. The more they do this, the less expensive and the more capabilities we shall have as a nation. This success will be a challenge for other nations to match, which in turn will raise the stakes and increase the competition, the excitement, and the action in space.

Yes, the 20s I hope are going to roar, at least in space.

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6 comments

  • MDN

    Social distancing to about the maximum extent possible : )

  • James Street

    I thought VP Pence’s speech on Saturday was outstanding:

    “And in that spirit, today we begin a new era of human space exploration. And the credit goes to dedicated men and women all across this country, to the ingenuity and the hard work of the entire NASA team. America is proud of the men and women of NASA.

    But for the first time in our history, our astronauts have taken to the skies on a commercial rocket built by America’s private sector. So join me in a vigorous round of applause for Elon Musk and the dedicated men and women of SpaceX. Job well done. That’s great. Well deserved. Thanks, Elon.”

    – Vice President Pence at Kennedy Space Center, May 30, 2020

  • LocalFluff

    This name sound very 2010. It’d ad if NASA bureaucrats told Elon Musk:
    “- Sure, name it however you want to. But we *require* a reuse of our own olden names. Such as ‘Endeavour’. The name ‘Entrepreneur’ is not feasible here. We’re still beyond that, Gott sei Dank.”

  • pzatchok

    It would have been hilarious if Bob And Doug could have opened that hatch and asked the three others if they had found the Lord and handed them a few pamphlets.

  • sippin_bourbon

    pzatchok

    Or there to demonstrate a vacuum cleaner.

  • pzatchok

    Pizza delivery.

    21.50 plus 100 million in delivery fees. How about a tip?

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