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Watch: SpaceX makes history with first-ever human rocket launch for NASA

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Astronauts have launched to orbit from the United States for the first time in nearly a decade, heralding a thrilling new era of human spaceflight.

At 3.22 P.M. Eastern Time today, Saturday, May 30, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic Launch Complex 39-A at Cape Canaveral in Florida – once used to launch astronauts to the Moon, and to launch the Space Shuttle – on the Demo-2 mission.


Today however it was the turn of a new breed of spacecraft, a commercial venture funded by NASA. Crew Dragon is the first-ever private human vehicle to head for orbit, the result of years of hard work.
It will now take astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley 19 hours to reach their destination, the International Space Station (ISS), 400 kilometres above Earth. Here they will remain for one to four months before they return to Earth.

The astronauts arrived at the launch site in a Tesla car, supplied by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s other company. They then rode an elevator up to the spacecraft at the top of the rocket, towering 70 meters above the ground.

After running through pre-flight checks and getting approval to launch from mission control, the spacecraft lifted off despite some inclement weather.

About eight minutes after the launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on SpaceX’s drone ship, Of Course, I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean. Rocket landings have become the norm on SpaceX launches – but never on a human flight before.

Another four minutes later and Crew Dragon separated from the second stage of the rocket, flying free in space with humans for the first time ever.

The astronauts will now make the journey to the ISS, where they will then join the three people already there – NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner – who travelled on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft earlier this year.

Musk founded SpaceX with the goal of launching humans to Mars – something it hopes to achieve with its Starship vehicle it is currently working on, a new spacecraft designed to be the successor to Crew Dragon. SpaceX hopes to fly that vehicle to space with humans later this decade.

But proving they can launch humans safely is a crucial first step in that journey. With today’s successful flight, Crew Dragon can begin a new exciting period of commercial spaceflight never seen before.

SpaceX is under contract with NASA to deliver astronauts to the ISS, with its first fully operational launch – called Crew-1 – scheduled to take place later this year with four astronauts on board.

The company also plans, however, to use Crew Dragon to launch paying customers into space. This could include space tourists hoping to visit the space station, or other destinations – such as orbiting space hotels.

SOURCE: FORBES.COM

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HBO Max Acquires Morgan Freeman & Lori McCreary’s THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN For Streaming Starting November 19

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Following the Gravitas Ventures day and date theatrical release, HBO Max has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the award-winning, critically-acclaimed film THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN. The film will debut on the platform Friday, November 19. Based on a true story, the film was directed by David Midell (NightLights), produced by Midell and Enrico Natale of Redbird Entertainment, and executive produced by Lori McCreary, Morgan Freeman and Gary Lucchesi of Revelations Entertainment, along with Sharad Chib, Chris Paladino and Milan Chakraborty.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, which won a bevy of prestigious awards during its festival run, tells the heart-breaking true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veteran with bipolar disorder who was killed by the police during a welfare check after his medical alert device was accidentally activated. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances and the overly aggressive policing tactics that make the news on an all-too-frequent basis, the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. ended at the hands of those who were sworn to “protect and serve.”

The film’s HBO Max debut date, November 19, 2021, is the 10-year anniversary of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s death.

While the title of the film gives away its tragic end, the real-time reenactment of Chamberlain’s final moments alive are a powerful reminder of how interactions with the police can, and do, end for many people of color, and people with mental health challenges, in the United States.

As a former behavioral therapist, and on the autism spectrum himself, director David Midell comes to this material with an added layer of personal experience. “Our goal all along has been to ask important questions about how our criminal justice system treats people of color, people in low-income areas, and people living with mental health challenges.

“I always say it’s bigger than my dad,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. said. “It’s about all the lives that have been lost in this pandemic of killing black men, women and children. And I just hope that the film is…going to force a discussion.”

Producing partners Freeman and McCreary were incensed that the film could not find distribution, and immediately offered to help by using Freeman’s voice and Revelations’ brand to help amplify the story. “We simply could not stand by and see this film ignored. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s story, whose death in 2011 was largely ignored by the national media, deserves to be known by the world,” states Freeman and McCreary.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN comes at an important time in the national conversation about systemic racism and is a searing example of law enforcement’s sometimes callous and cruel treatment of people of color, echoing recent high-profile incidents involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, among countless others. THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN world-premiered at the Austin Film Festival and won the Audience Award and the Narrative Jury Award there. At the Urbanworld Film Festival last year, it claimed the Jury Award for best US Narrative, and continued winning at festivals, and led to an independent Spirit Award Nomination for David Midell in the “Someone to Watch” category.

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