SpaceX has released a new video showing the highlights of the historic Crew-1 voyage to the International Space Station, which ended successfully earlier this month.
NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese JAXA space organization Soichi Noguch, exploded from Launch Complex 39A on November 15, 2020, before returning to Earth in a splash on the Gulf of Mexico on May 2.
“There’s only electricity in the air when the countdown takes place, the engines light up, and the takeoff takes place,” Crew Dragon commander Mike Hopkins says alongside the clip, where SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket takes off to begin astronauts ’orbit.
Speaking of staying on the space station, Shannon Walker said, “It’s really hard to explain, live and work at zero g. It’s fascinating how normal it becomes; it feels like you’ve done it your whole life.”
Spending about six months in space, about 250 miles above the ground, clearly has a profound effect on astronauts who you get to experience life on the space station.
“Sometimes you have to leave something to understand how special it is,” Hopkins said. “The opportunity to get into space in a way gives the same feeling about our home planet.”
The Crew-1 mission was notable for being the first operational flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft after a successful Demo-2 test flight in the summer of 2020 with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.
Operation Crew-1 was also a testament to SpaceX’s suitability as a commercial provider of safe and reliable space transportation, helping to restore crew launches and landings to the United States after a decade of layoffs at the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.
For more information on SpaceX’s recent Crew-1 mission, be sure to check out Digital Trends an article that shows the entire expedition in photos and videos, many astronauts shot themselves.