With the successful launch of SpaceX to the news of its crew safely docking in the International Space Station, the hope for humanity once again comes to pass. Here are some of the reactions of people regardings its successful voyage.
Reach for the stars and beyond
SpaceX and NASA partnered up to make history on May 30 with the successful launch of NASA's astronauts into space for the first time since the space shuttle era was concluded in 2011. It is also the first (and definitely not the last) spacecraft built by a privately owned company, SpaceX.
After 19 hours of transit, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were able to enter the International Space Station ten minutes ahead of schedule on the morning after launch. NASA had something to say on Twitter, including a video and a heart-warming and goosebump-inducing phrase of "We have liftoff."
God speed @Astro_Doug @AstroBehnken on the start of a historic mission! Thinking especially of your families proudly waiting for your safe return! https://t.co/AkuiBoGDfV — Andrew Morgan (@AstroDrewMorgan) May 30, 2020
People are once again looking towards the future
NASA astronauts like Drew Morgan, who recently returned from the ISS on April 17, tweeted about his thoughts and feelings regarding the launch. Morgan wished Behnken and Hurley "God speed." and "Thinking especially of your families proudly waiting for your safe return," Christopher Ferguson, who conducted the final space shuttle mission, welcomed his new space colleagues in a very formal manner. "Proud to yield the title of "The last commander of an American launched spacecraft to @Astro_Doug, with @AstroBehnken, has returned US to space from KSC after 3,252 days. Well done @Commercial_Crew and @SpaceX!"
Proud to yield the title of "The last commander of an American launched spacecraft" to @Astro_Doug who, with @AstroBehnken, has returned US to space from KSC after 3,252 days. Well done @Commercial_Crew and @SpaceX! — Christopher Ferguson (@Astro_Ferg) May 30, 2020
Even fictional captains from another universe had greeted the astronaut's success and shared their heartfelt tweets. William Shatner and George Takei, Star Trek's Captain Kirk, and Mr. Sulu were quick to tweet out: "Congratulations @SpaceX for an historic achievement! Humanity needs hope, and you have provided a much needed burst of it.
Congratulations to @NASA & @SpaceX — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 30, 2020
Congratulations @SpaceX for an historic achievement! Humanity needs hope, and you have provided a much needed burst of it. — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 30, 2020
Even Science celebrities were there to tweet out and congratulate the successful launch mission and looking forward to more of the achievements humanity has yet to achieve. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye were as happy as any other human on the planet with their tweets.For the political side of things, even U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle tweeted out their congratulations. Vice President Mike Pence, and Rep. Adam Schiff, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden didn't miss a chance to greet the success of the United States and humanity as a whole.
We have liftoff! Congratulations @Astro_Doug, @AstroBehnken, @NASA and @SpaceX! #LaunchAmerica — Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) May 30, 2020
Historic and exciting! American ingenuity at work. As Mission Control said: "Know that we're with you, have an amazing flight and enjoy those views of our beautiful planet." Congrats to @NASA and @SpaceX on the successful launch today! https://t.co/1L0Bi58hN6 — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 30, 2020
Today, in lifting our ambitions and our imaginations to the heavens, the United States has once more reshaped the future of space travel. https://t.co/AskxceOJJU — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 30, 2020
Regular John's and Jane's tweets it out
For us, regular citizens, many people congratulated as well as connected the coronavirus pandemic to their tweets like, "If you meet ET only touch his finger with a glove. #SpaceX" as written by one Benedetta Grasso on Twitter.
If you meet ET only touch his finger with a glove. #SpaceX pic.twitter.com/JbjCQvkLjz — Benedetta Grasso (@BenesBorough) May 30, 2020
The 10 year kid inside me who had once wanted to become an Astronaut had its own moments of goosebumps & joy today and kept screaming "Go Go Go!"
Thanks NASA & SpaceX!#LaunchAmerica #SpaceX pic.twitter.com/SyyjpmVdp3 — Vishal Verma (@VishalVerma_9) May 30, 2020
While other users like Vishal Verma on Twitter greeted the news saying "The 10 year kid inside me who had once wanted to become an Astronaut had its own moments of goosebumps & joy today and kept screaming "Go Go Go!"