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Elon Musk says he'd happily ride SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship a?? 'I think it's a good vehicle'

Elon Musk says he'd happily ride SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship a?? 'I think it's a good vehicle'
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SpaceX just launched Crew Dragon — a commercial spaceship designed for NASA astronauts — into orbit for the first time on Saturday morning.




No people are on board, but NASA said it's "a very critical mission" for proving the vehicle is safe to fly humans.




Crew Dragon will attempt to dock with the International Space Station on Sunday then return to Earth on Thursday.




During a press briefing after launch, Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, said he'd be willing to ride one of his company's Dragons, and astronauts that are actually scheduled to do so said they felt the same way.




Musk and NASA's administrator also shared a moment of agreement about building a permanent moon base — perhaps together.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida. — Shortly after rocketing a commercial spaceship made for humans into orbit on its first journey, SpaceX founder Elon Musk felt confident enough to say that he himself may eventually take a ride.
"I'd be happy to go on the vehicle," Musk, who has never traveled to space, said of the Crew Dragon spaceship, his rocket company's seven-passenger space capsule. "I think it's a good design."
At 2:49 a.m. ET on Saturday, SpaceX used a 230-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Crew Dragon on its first space flight, a demonstration mission called Demo-1.
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