SpaceX Launch marks first U.S. Astronauts launch since 2011
UNITED STATES, — For the first time since the U.S. Space shuttle was retired in 2011, U.S. Astronauts have launched an American made craft on American soil.
SpaceX and NASA have spent many years testing technology that would allow for a completely american mission back into space. The launch is important for the whole country, but is also a moment of inspiration for kids and young adults hoping for a future with NASA.
NASA runs an educational program in 52 space grant jurisdictions, which includes all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. The program funds students who would like to eventually work for NASA and the Aerospace Industry. Within South Dakota, the School of Mines receives a large portion of funds as it is primarily a stem university.
“Once we start sending people back into space, and further out into space, that’s just naturally going to inspire the new generation,” said Tom Durkin, “Like the ㅁpollo missions did with my generation.”
The Artemis Mission has been named after the Greek goddess Artemis, twin sister of Apollo, as it will have a female astronaut heading to the moon for the first time. Through the Artemis mission, NASA plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024 in hopes of soon after planning for astronauts to boldly go where no man has gone before, Mars.