The Space X Crew Dragon capsule, carrying the first ever human to travel to the moon, has crashed on its way back to Earth.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying the first ever human to travel to the moon has crashed on its way back to Earth. The mission was a historic one for both SpaceX and NASA, with this being the first time a private company has sent a human into space. However, there were concerns that this mission would be too ambitious for SpaceX given that it had only been founded in 2002. The company’s founder Elon Musk is known for his ambitious projects but his dream of sending humans into space has been held up by various setbacks and delays.
SpaceX announced on Twitter that they were investigating an anomaly with their Crew Dragon capsule during its return from the International Space Station (ISS). It is not yet clear what caused the crash but it is believed that something went wrong when one of the capsules thrusters failed.
What happened during the mission?
The Crew Dragon was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida and docked with ISS successfully. On March 8th, 2019, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques boarded the Crew Dragon and became part of history as they became the first humans in space since December 2018. They spent five days at ISS before returning home safely via splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.
What was on board?
“It’s super rad.”
On board were 200 mice which were being used as test subjects for research into bone loss during long-term spaceflight. It is hoped that this research will help astronauts prepare for longer missions in future. There was also an AI called CIMON which was designed by Airbus’ robotics team specifically for this mission. It will help astronauts with their experiments while they are at ISS.