I’m good — usually I’m super high flying and excitedly practicing my aerobatic dance moves on my knees on top of a table. The only thing that’s ever scared me was flying to a space launch.
Yeah, I get it, you don’t have to get in an airplane if you want to get there. But this countdown was intense.
I had so much pressure on my hands. I could only wait with baited breath for launch — there was so much anticipation that I almost didn’t want to leave my house.
SpaceX has been joking for months that their crew capsule would be the world’s first astronaut diaper in space.
With the successful launch of the first crewed spacecraft in the history of spaceflight, we are seeing a major milestone for American space exploration. I’m truly excited for my fellow Astronauts. pic.twitter.com/Q0GvCyWBDo — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 9, 2018
Originally the SpaceX capsule would have had to leak while astronauts were in space and needed to be retrieved by the main Falcon 9 rocket, which would dump them in the ocean in a proper hand-off.
It wasn’t very well designed.
I know you’re freaking out about the poor design of the Dragon Crew Capsule because it’s a toilet! I am not mad. If the previous Mission Control engineers are any indication, the astronauts on this particular mission will make the equipment work just fine. They’ve just been living in an American spacecraft with a crew of two. So it’s probably easier than new pilots.
With the team onboard, the Dragon should launch, dock at the ISS, and use the cabin sink to make clean up as simple as a fountain. — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) April 8, 2018
I’ve wanted to be an astronaut since I was a kid. But the idea of going to space always terrified me. Even though I’ve never flown in a craft over 60 miles up, I’ve been around tall buildings hundreds of times, so I can see just how close this is.
So I was kind of relieved to hear the new tank. You know you can take this thing without gas or leaky buttons?