Moscow bemused at US space ‘hysteria’
MOSCOW: Moscow space officials on Sunday said they were puzzled by “hysteria” around the successful SpaceX flight as Elon Musk taunted Russia and US President Donald Trump vowed to beat it to Mars.
On Saturday, SpaceX made history by becoming the world’s first commercial company to send humans into orbit, leading Russia to lose its long-held monopoly on space travel.
Elon Musk,SpaceX founder, lobbed a jab at Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian space chief who once said Washington may one day be forced to “deliver its astronauts to the ISS by using a trampoline”.
“The trampoline is working,” quipped Musk at a post-flight news conference alongside NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. Both men laughed. “It’s an inside joke,” Musk added.
Dmitry Rogozin,the Russian space chief remained conspicuously silent for most of Sunday but offered his congratulations to Jim Bridenstine after the Crew Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts docked with the ISS.
“It’s safe to congratulate you at this point with a successful launch and docking. Bravo!” he tweeted.
“Please convey my sincere greetings to @elonmusk (I loved his joke) and @SpaceX team. Looking forward to further cooperation!” (APP)