A global tragedy, political divisions, national unrest: Yet America once again rose beyond greatness and put two men in orbit.

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Reminding the world that America can rise above its darkest moments, Space-X launches its first astronauts into space on the morning of May 30th 2020.

Amidst a global pandemic, an economic crisis, political divisions, and social unrest, a team of scientists, engineers, private and government agencies launched two of America’s finest into orbit marking the beginning of a new era in aerospace technology.

After nearly a decade of exhausting work and collaboration with NASA to continue to lead the world in space exploration, astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley, boarded the Space-X Dragon Capsule; Beneath them was a Falcon-9 rocket built with reusable technology and the capability of self navigation upon releasing the capsule. At 3:22 p.m. EDT the rocket lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center In Florida becoming Space-X’s first human launch into orbit. Internal and external high definition cameras recorded all the action taking place and only 12 minutes after lift off, the Falcon-9 rocket put the two men outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Capable of navigating itself back to Earth, the Falcon-9 rocket broke off from the Dragon capsule above Earth’s atmosphere and, within 30 seconds, the unmanned rocket traveled back through Earth and landed itself in an upright position on a moving platform floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Watch Falcon-9,s incredible return to earth.

Space Shuttle Endeavor| Los Angeles 2012||Space-X launches its first astronauts into space
Space Shuttle Endeavor| Los Angeles 2012

After the break off, Astronauts Behnken and Hurley continued as planned heading towards the International Space Station and got to spend a few minutes sharing their excitement on live TV.  During the live broadcast Behnken and Hurley followed a NASA tradition of renaming the capsule to their own liking. The name selected by the astronauts was “The Falcon-Endeavor“, a tribute to the Space Shuttle Endeavor which they both sailed on during the last generation of America’s space program, (The space shuttle was retired in style through the streets of Los Angeles in October 2012). As luck would unfortunately have it, this “Giant Leap for Mankind” was overshadowed by tragic events in America and within the same planet where mankind is collectively working towards defeating a global virus.

Nonetheless, this achievement showed that Americans are still a nation with momentum and vision, and in our darkest moments we are capable of looking forward to achievements because behind us there are others equally dedicated to nurturing our sick and wounded, others who stand together for a cause, and those who fight for our freedoms. The hope is that this tremendous achievement parallels in history both the pivoting national events causing unrest and divisions, as well as the global health crisis keeping us from coming together to cry or to celebrate.

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