Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Preparing to Launch Humans Into Space

One small step for man, one giant leap for private spaceflight.

This spring, visionary tech mogul Elon Musk’s SpaceX is preparing to launch humans into space. For the first time since the U.S. shuttered the Space Shuttle Program in 2011, NASA is in on the mission. They are partnering with the California-based company to send SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ship spacecraft to the International Space Station. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will become the first astronauts to fly a private spacecraft. According to the space transportation company’s website, this ship is the only of its kind capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. Musk’s aerospace company designs and manufactures rockets and spacecraft in hopes of pioneering space exploration and, perhaps in the not-so-distant future, life on other planets.