Making History: NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space! (#LaunchAmerica Attempt May 27, 2020)
Trump: SpaceX launch with astronauts on board inspires all Americans
President delivers keynote speech following successful launch of America’s first space mission in a decade
President Donald Trump on Saturday attended the first launch of a spacecraft with American astronauts on board from the United States in nearly a decade.
The successful launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule comes at a difficult time for the country, with violent, arson and looting protests in several American cities this week amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic..
“It was a beautiful sight and I hope you all enjoyed it,” Trump said shortly after the rocket ship, designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, took off for the International Space Station..
Trump mentioned the riots during his speech. The President called the death of an African American George Floyd, who died in police custody, “a serious tragedy” that filled the country with anger and grief. However, Trump stressed that his administration will “coolly” stop the wave of violence that has swept the United States these days..
“I stand before you as a friend and ally of all Americans seeking justice and peace, and I will resolutely oppose anyone who uses this tragedy for looting, robbery, attacks and threats. Healing, not hatred, justice, not chaos – these are our tasks, “the President emphasized..
“When you hear this sound and hear this roar, you can imagine how dangerous it is,” Trump said of the space launch. – When you feel this vibration – and we are very far [from the launch pad], it is … amazing. A wonderful sight. And a beautiful ship! “
The President added that the launch of the ship helped inspire the whole country in the difficult times America is going through..
“We experienced something terrible, it shouldn’t have happened. And that’s one of the reasons I wanted to be here today. I thought it was important for me to be here today … And I think that any of you will say that he was inspired by what we just saw, ”added Trump.
The President visited the launch control center to congratulate all participants and spoke with Elon Musk. Under Trump’s leadership, NASA provided Musk with the funds to research, develop and build the spacecraft. Ultimately, NASA looks forward to long-term partnerships with private companies as the US plans to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars in the coming decades..
Vice President Mike Pence compared the circumstances of the current mission to the Apollo launch, which also took place against the backdrop of unrest that engulfed the country in the late 1960s. Pence stressed that both missions have become a symbol of national strength and unity.
Mike Pence also attended a launch briefing on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.
“And today, as states across the country are taking their first steps to reopen and recover from an unprecedented pandemic, and our country has experienced the tragic death of George Floyd and violent protests in the past few days, I believe with all my heart that millions of Americans today will find the same. inspiration and unity of purpose that we found in those days in the 1960s, ”said the vice president.
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