Today Elon Musk’s SpaceX will attempt to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in a mission called Demo-2.
It will mark the first time in history that a commercial aerospace company has carried humans into Earth’s orbit. The launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is moving forward despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which has shuttered both private and government operations across the US.
NASA says it has to stick with mission in order to keep the International Space Station, the giant orbiting laboratory, fully staffed with US astronauts in orbit.
The United States hasn’t launched its own astronauts into space since the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011.
Meanwhile the series, Space Force, launches on Netflix this Friday, starring Steve Carell.
The series reteams Carell with Greg Daniels, who developed the American version of The Office. The cast assembled is pretty A-List too with guest stars like John Malkovich, Lisa Kudrow, Jane Lynch, and the late Fred Willard.
Carell and Daniels pitched Netflix with two words: “Space force.” They were inspired by Trump’s declaration that he wanted to create a sixth branch of the armed services and that is Daniels and Carell’s Space Force starting point.
In this fictional America, a buffoonish president (Trump is not named, but HELLO!?) demands the formation of a space force, funnels ungodly amounts of money into it, shields himself from any criticism of the idea, and places Carell’s General Mark Naird in charge.
Reviews have been mixed. Rotten Tomatoes give it 46% and say,
“An all-star cast and blockbuster-worthy special effects aren’t enough to keep Space Force’s uneven blend of earnestness and satire from spinning quickly out of comedic orbit.”
NASA and SpaceX are currently targeting Wednesday at 4:33 pt ET for liftoff from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, Florida.