On March 8th, 2019, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon autonomously undocked from the International Space Station, marking a historic event in American space travel.
SpaceX and NASA worked in conjunction for this test flight; the success of which spells excitement for the future of American space travel.
“This is an amazing achievement in American history,” Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s Administrator
The Dragon’s achievement represents a milestone for NASA, as the organization currently relies on expensive Russian Soyuz rockets to shuttle its crew to and from the ISS.
Shortly after undocking, the Dragon made its way back to earth where it touched down in the Atlantic, off the coast of Florida, at approximately 8:45 a.m.
With the success of this flight, NASA intends to launch a crewed mission later in 2019.
Ripley, the mannequin astronaut was the lone crew member on board.