Here's what the SpaceX astronauts listened to during their historic launch

Here's what the SpaceX astronauts listened to during their historic launch

After a historic launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, the astronauts aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft synched up with the space station Sunday morning. The docking of the spacecraft took place 19 hours after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center.

"Today a new era in human spaceflight begins as we once again launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil on their way to the International Space Station, our national lab orbiting Earth", Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

SpaceX owner Elon Musk said he was "quite overcome with emotion" when he saw his dream come true with a flawless liftoff Saturday.

"Docking confirmed - Crew Dragon has arrived at the International Space Station!"

"NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour have arrived at the International Space Station", NASA said in a statement.

Known as NASA's SpaceX Demo-2, the mission is an end-to-end test flight to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including launch, in-orbit, docking and landing operations.

Since 2011, they've been going up on Soyuz rockets and capsules. Bridenstine and other officials, including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, have offered the successful launch as a hopeful inspiration to serve as a contrast to riots that have followed the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota who died after a policeman knelt on his neck.

But Boeing's program has floundered badly after a failed test run late past year, which left SpaceX, a company founded only in 2002, as clear frontrunner. We have to give credit to SpaceX, the commercial crew program, and, of course, NASA.

Wearing black polo shirts and khaki trousers, they were greeted by fellow American astronaut Chris Cassidy, as well as Russian Federation cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

"During their stay Behnken and Hurley will continue to perform more checks on Endeavor in order to sign-off on its readiness". The next Crew Dragon mission - and the first operational one - is to carry four astronauts: three from NASA and one from the Japanese space agency.

Wearing black polo shirts and khaki trousers, Behnken entered first, followed by Hurley.

"It's great to get the United States back in the crewed launch business and we're just really glad to be on board this magnificent complex", replied Hurley.

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