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Thursday, 04 June 2020 18:50

On the Lighter Side: Watch NASA Astronauts Take Tesla Model X To Launch Pad For Manned SpaceX Flight

Written by Eric Loveday

Taking an electric ride before the big ride.

Astronauts Bob and Doug hitch a ride to their rocket aboard a Tesla Model X. This SpaceX manned flight marks a major milestone in U.S. history.


Millions watched as NASA astronauts got into a Tesla Model X for the short trip to the rocket headed to the Space Station and for some of those viewers, this was likely the first time they've seen a Tesla.


It's a clever piece of marketing for sure, but with Elon Musk being the man behind both Tesla and SpaceX, using a Tesla electric car for the journey to the rocket was the only choice.


If you watched the launch yesterday, then you're aware that so far it's been a success.


The rocket is now in outer space and is tracking down the Space Station.


For the U.S., this is the first manned spaceflight in almost a decade, so it's an important piece in spaceflight history and both SpaceX and Tesla are front and center.

According to Musk, he's most concerned with re-entry, which has always been a bit more difficult to get just right than exiting Earth's atmosphere.


Re-entry is likely weeks aways though, as NASA astronauts Bob and Doug are expected to be docked to the Space Station for up to three months before returning to Earth.


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