Why SpaceX’s next rocket launch is so important to NASA and Elon Musk

SpaceX is about to launch its first people into orbit, an experimental flight of its new Crew Dragon spaceship.Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will pilot the mission, called Demo-2, but their safety is not all that’s at stake for NASA and SpaceX.SpaceX has big plans for lunar and Mars exploration yet needs to first demonstrate it can safely fly crewed missions to low-Earth orbit.NASA, meanwhile, wants to resurrect crewed US spaceflight for the first time in nearly a decade.The flight also represents a path for NASA to fully staff the International Space Station, end Russia’s spaceflight monopoly, and do the space-based research in support of future moon and Mars missions. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with the hope of inspiring Mars exploration.These
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