In 2010 SpaceX became the first private company to return a spacecraft safely to Earth from low-Earth orbit. In May 2012 its Dragon spacecraft began to periodically deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
Just recently, we all watched in awe–Elon Musk included–as SpaceX launches the Falcon Heavy and then landed two of its boosters side by side, simultaneously. It was an event that blew the collective minds of all in attendance and people all around the world.
However, this would not have been possible without the many successes and failures of SpaceX since its creation. SpaceX has has boldly gone where no private space enterprise has gone before.
In 2010, SpaceX made history by beginning its path in reusability by successfully returning a Dragon capsule to Earth after it had launched. A feet never before accomplished by a private space entity. Then, in May 2012, SpaceX started making direct deliveries to the International Space Station.
These historic moments changed the future of spaceflight forever. The belief in Elon and SpaceX grew exponentially overnight. Now, with over a dozen successful launches and landings with their rockets, the sky isn’t the limit, but simply the froth on the waves of the cosmic ocean SpaceX is destined to sail.
Occupy Mars, indeed.
What memories do you have of these events? How did the people in your life react to them?