The American company Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully sent four astronauts into space.
But what people don’t know is that several astronauts almost almost lost their lives twice during this trip. It can be said that they were lucky to escape twice!
It is reported that the first occurred only 12 minutes after the launch, when the capsule separated from the Falcon 9 rocket. And that’s when a space debris drifted towards it.
According to the Futurism website, there was no time to take evasive measures. “The astronauts in the Dragon capsule, Endeavour, were told to put on pressurized suits to prevent a collision.
The frightening footage was also captured on film.
Another incident was reported at 1:43 p.m. EST, more than six hours after being in space, and the astronauts were again warned of a possible collision in 20 minutes, but once again they were lucky to escape.
NASA founder Kelly Humphries said, “The object being tracked is classified as an ‘unknown (flying object).'”
Humphries said that because the spacecraft was already so close to the unknown “that there was no time to calculate and execute a confident debris avoidance maneuver, the SpaceX team opted to have the crew wear pressure suits out of an abundance of caution.”
Erin Dick, a spokeswoman for U.S. Space Command, told Futurism that the Pentagon notified NASA of the potential collision about seven hours after the spacecraft’s launch.
“After further analysis, the 18th Space Control Squadron quickly determined there was no ‘rendezvous’ threat, everyone on board the spacecraft was safe and the spacecraft was not in danger,” Dick said.
The trip was originally scheduled to begin last Thursday (22nd). However, the launch mission was delayed by one day due to unfavorable weather on the rocket’s flight path.
This is SpaceX’s third manned flight for NASA and the first time a previously used vehicle has been used, an important part of the push to the Moon and Mars. the Dragon spacecraft was first used by SpaceX for a manned launch in May 2020.
The U.S. space shuttle program was suspended in 2011, followed by nine years in which astronauts flew to orbit on Russian rockets.
The four astronauts are expected to stay on the orbiting research platform for about six months to conduct scientific experiments and maintenance before returning to Earth.