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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Crew Dragon capsule, lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

The second space race

The success of a private company teaming up with NASA to launch astronauts past Earth’s atmosphere shows how far technology has come since the first space race between the U.S. and USSR in the 1950s and 1960s. With such advancements at hand, more countries are engaging in extraterrestrial travel and exploration – and more companies are too. The result is a second space race that will reorder the current paradigm.

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