SpaceX’s Dragon Crew will soon break the record of the most days spent in space. The record that was sent 47 years ago is finally going to be broken.
SpaceX’s Dragon crew launch happened on November 15, 2020. The mission was initially set to happen on 31st October but got delayed. The company’s rocket carried four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA. This also made the highest number of astronauts in space at a time. And now very soon the crew will set a new record-breaking the one set by Skylab 4 crew back on February 8, 1974.
The astronauts on the mission are Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi. They also made the record of having the highest number of astronauts in the ISS at a time. This is because never before there were 7 people in there simultaneously. It was not even thought out because there aren’t even seven bunkers for astronauts to sleep in there. And someone has to spend the night in the crew dragon rocket.
NASA has saved a lot in terms of cost when compared to the money it had to pay to Russia for the launches. On average the savings were about $25 million per seat. NASA has now also partnered up with SpaceX to conduct the SPHEREx mission. Under this, the company will do research using infrared light and map out the different galaxies and stars out there.
According to NASA, the data obtained from this 2-year mission will be a treat for astronomers. It will also help us uncover the mystery about Big-bang and the rapid expansion of the universe after that. The mission is set to cost about $98.8 million accounting for the launch and operational amounts.