musk: This launch marked the return of a human launch capability on a U.S. rocket and capsule
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk gave Port Canaveral a special shout-out and recognized the Port’s special role in the effort to return astronauts to space from American soil.
“On May 30, 2020, SpaceX launched NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on a Falcon rocket from Launch Pad 39-A in Florida as part of the NASA Commercial Crew program,” said Musk.
“This launch marked the return of a human launch capability on a United States rocket and capsule. I want to thank you, personally, for your dedication and hard work during the last several years to make this accomplishment possible.”
Musk went on to say, “I know you and your team faced numerous challenges over the course of the program, including a recent global pandemic and economic shutdown, but your perseverance has made an undeniable difference to our Nation.
“This launch is the start of a new era of commercial space exploration, the first time astronauts were launched by a private company, which is an important step in SpaceX’s guiding mission to make life multi-planetary. We must do everything in our power to ensure that the light of human consciousness is not extinguished from this universe, and in that effort, we are honored to have you as a partner.”