In a celebratory return speech for SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said: “I’m not very religious but I prayed for this one.”
The capsule successfully parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, August 2nd, carrying NASAA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
Musk’s speech was an emotional delivery where he identified the challenging times of 2020 but that no matter where in the world or what time we’re in, this is something to celebrate.
“I think this is something that the whole world can take some pleasure in, and can really look at this as an achievement of humanity,” continued Musk. “These are difficult times when — you know, there’s not that much good news — and I think this is one of those things that is universally good no matter where you are on planet Earth, this is a good thing, and I hope it brightens your day.”
18 years of @SpaceX is punctuated by an answered prayer. The new era of space exploration begins.
Elon: “I’m not very religious but I prayed for this one.”
— ~C4Chaos (@c4chaos) August 3, 2020
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 2, 2020
Musk is optimistic about future space endeavors:
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“We’re going to go to the moon, we’re going to have a base on the moon, we’re going to send people to Mars and make life multi-planetary,” he said.
“We are entering a new era of human spaceflight, where NASA is no longer the purchaser, owner and operator of all the hardware. We are going to be a customer,” said Bridenstine. “One customer of many customers, in a very robust commercial marketplace for human spaceflight to low-Earth orbit.”
He continued: “We also want to have numerous providers that are competing against each other on cost, and innovation, and safety, driving down costs and increasing access to space in a way that’s never been seen before.”
The two astronauts also had remarks about the voyage:
“To anybody who has touch Endeavour, you should take a moment to just cherish this day.”
"To anybody who has touched Endeavour, you should take a moment to just cherish this day."
— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2020