For fans of space travel, the last minute abort of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule launch last week was agonizing. Would it actually work?
Well, early this morning, they tried it again, and damn right, it worked.
Dragon, the cargo module, still needs to go through control checks and tests to make sure it isn’t going to wreck the ISS, but the point is, Falcon works. Dragon will likely work. Private spaceflight is officially viable. NASA is officially freed from rocket science and can get to work on space technologies for mining asteroids and exploring and colonizing other planets instead.
A new era of spaceflight is here. This is, however quietly, a great moment in human history; the beginning of our spread across the galaxy.
Or mining asteroids. Either way, awesome.
image courtesy SpaceX