The Spacecraft Tarot: Dragon

The Chariot is the drive that thrusts us forward.

Since the first ISS crew arrived to the space station on Nov. 2, 2000, only two types of vehicles had carried human crew for twenty years of continuous human presence: NASA’s Space Shuttle and Roscosmos’ Soyuz spacecraft.

The final mission of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program lands at Kennedy Space Center on July 21, 2011. Image Credit: NASA/Kenny Allen

Unique features include touch screens, the ability to carry large amounts of cargo back to Earth, and the ability to dock autonomously to the space station.

Astronaut Anne McClain captured this image of the SpaceX Demo-1 mission approaching the International Space Station on March 3, 2019. Image Credit: NASA/Anne McClain
The Crew-1 astronauts (from left to right: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, and JAXA astronaut Soichu Noguchi inside the Crew Dragon Resilience shortly after splashing down on May 2, 2021. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The successful flight test, also known as Demo-2, represented the ushering of a new era. Public-private partnerships officially opened up access to the heavens.

Allow yourself to be carried.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propels the Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station on May 30, 2020. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

aka Thalia Patrinos. Science writer by day, fire dancer by night. Views are my own.

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