SpaceX Falcon-9 Rocket And Manned Crew
Elon Musk's SpaceX is going where no private company has gone before: to space. The mission, representing the first astronaut trip to space since 2011, is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The Crew Dragon spacecraft had astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on board when it took off from Launch Complex 39A in Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket May 30.
Mars 2020 Perseverance rover
NASA's Mars Exploration program launched the Perseverance rover July 30. The rover will be responsible for collecting organic samples and searching for signs of life. Fastened to the rover is a helicopter, named Ingenuity, tasked with testing flight capabilities on the red planet. It will be the first aircraft to test controlled flight on another planet.