SpaceX dummy run in Space

I can’t believe it was now 8 years ago since we celebrated 50 years of Yuri Gagarin‘s first manned space flight with our graphic novel Yuri’s Day. I’m fully tuned as Yuri’s famous flight was in my birth year. 8 years on the and the book seems to have barely aged. The legacy left us with the orbiting International Space Station, still served by Soyuz with a rocket that has hardly changed since Yuri’s Day. However, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has recently gone through the motions of successfully docking with the ISS on 3 March this year. As with the Soviet tests in the past, this was a dummy run and the humour of the naming – SpaceX Crew Dragon ‘Ripley’ was equal to that of the Vostok ‘Ivan Ivanovich’. I do, however, wonder about the non-naming of animals – who paved the way for the dummies – on their one way missions!

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