On May 27, 2020, SpaceX created by launching two astronauts successfully in space from American soil. The success of the Launch America event became a new landmark for the upcoming space missions worldwide. The Crew Dragon capsule atop the Falcon-9 made a new statement for the ongoing space race between all countries. However, the proud moment for Americans was a sight of surprise for almost every country.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 31, 2020
The Indian space ecosystem is amongst the ones who were touched the most by this space mission. Due to this, the Indian space entrepreneurs are now ready to prepare for their next big mission. SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission was a part of sending two astronauts to the ISS. However, ISRO is planning the country’s first manned mission to the moon by 2021. ISRO Gaganyaan will make history for Indian space missions as the country gets ready for its biggest challenge yet.
Thank you, friends from @isro. The U.S.-India Partnership is strong and getting stronger across a range of important fields, including U.S.-India space cooperation. The future is bright! pic.twitter.com/xKr6ahKPeV
— Joel Reifman (@USCGHyderabad) June 1, 2020
SpaceX: An inspiration to ISRO
In 2011 NASA finally closed its space shuttle program and for 9 years the United States could not launch any astronauts from their own soil. Commissioning of the NASA Commercial Crew Program started the entire ordeal once again. This ignited hope for not only Americans but the entire world. This was the first time that NASA launched two astronauts from American soil with the help of a private organization.
— ISRO (@isro) March 4, 2020
ISRO recently failed to launch the satellite GISAT-1 GSLV due to the ongoing pandemic. The launch is rescheduled as of now with no particular date set as of yet. The Indian Space Organization is currently preparing for the 2021 launch of the Gaganyaan mission. ISRO is targeting the Moon mission with utmost importance, and the latest success news from SpaceX just strengthens the resolution.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.