NASA is Celebrating: SpaceX and Boeing Pave the Way for the Future of Space Travel

NASA is celebrating major advancements thanks to the recent successes of SpaceX and Boeing. SpaceX’s mega rocket, Starship, piloted by Elon Musk’s company, successfully launched and landed, marking a path towards the Moon in 2026 and Mars in the next decade. Meanwhile, Boeing launched its Starliner capsule with humans on board to the International Space Station (ISS).

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These achievements represent a breath of hope for NASA. Two rockets launched from American soil on different space missions consolidate the country’s space plan. From sending more astronauts to the ISS and studying human life in space, to preparing for a new manned moon landing after more than 50 years, the goals are ambitious.

Last Wednesday, after several failed attempts and years of delays, Boeing finally successfully launched its Starliner capsule with crew towards the orbital complex. This mission is crucial for NASA, which a decade ago signed a contract with Boeing to develop this spacecraft, opening new travel options to the ISS beyond the already established Crew Dragon by SpaceX.

In 2014, NASA announced that SpaceX and Boeing would receive contracts to develop independent spacecraft, ensuring redundancy in case of failures. Boeing received a $4.2 billion contract and SpaceX a $2.6 billion one. The first unmanned test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon in 2019 was a success, followed by the crewed launch in 2020 that safely transported Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS.

With the recent Starliner trip, NASA reinforces its project to expand habitability in space. The astronauts for this first manned Boeing mission were Wilmore and Suni Williams, aboard an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Elon Musk, visibly excited, celebrated on X: «Successful soft landing of the Starship Super Heavy booster!» This landing, after 6 minutes and 43 seconds of flight, highlights SpaceX’s reuse philosophy, which allows for more consecutive flights and reduces pollution.

SpaceX and NASA are thrilled with these achievements and are already anticipating more adventures. A few weeks ago, SpaceX began testing the engines of the Starship 5 test ship, preparing for another launch in less than three months.

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