Officials of Russia’s space agency have applauded the successful launch of a spaceflight carrying two National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The officials expressed that, however, United States (US) President Donald Trump’s reaction was “hysteria” about the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years, but said on Sunday, May 31, 2020, that Russia was pleased to see the US now have its own shuttle to travel into space.
A Milestone of the US Space Journey
After launching from Florida on Saturday, May 30, 2020, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule delivered NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS on Sunday, which marked the first US space capsule to travel on a space mission since 2011. SpaceX, the private rocket company owned by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, also made another milestone for pioneering its spaceflight for the reusable rockets and for less costly.
Trump, who observed the launch, stated that the US had regained its place as the world’s leader in space and claimed that Washington would soon have “the greatest weapons ever imagined in history.” He also claimed that US astronauts would soon land on Mars.
Over many years, NASA had been relying on Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, for launching a space shuttle flight to the international space center since Hurley made his last mission in 2011. Considering the launch of spaceflight from the US soil would end Russia’s monopoly on space business, Trump hailed by calling it as the end of being at the mercy of foreign nations. The US had been facing challenges including lucrative fees Roscosmos charged to take US astronauts to the ISS.
Russia claimed Trump’s Statement “Hysteria”
Vladimir Ustimenko, a spokesman for Roscosmos, wrote on Twitter after citing Trump’s statement, “The hysteria raised after the successful launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft is hard to understand.” The spokesman stated, “What has happened should have happened long ago. Now it’s not only the Russians flying to the ISS but also the Americans. Well, that’s wonderful!”
“I will tell you, the whole world saw this mission, and we are so, so proud of everything you have done for our country and in fact to inspire the world,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on a phone line through mission control. Roscosmos’ head Dmitry Rogozin congratulated NASA chief for the success. Rogozin wrote on Twitter, “Bravo! I know how anxious you were for this major event to become a success.”
Rogozin appreciated a barbed joke by Musk in 2014 saying that the US should try using a trampoline to get to the ISS. Musk told a post-launch news conference, “The trampoline is working”.
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