When a SpaceX rocket exploded on January 18, 2015, it left a crater in the Pacific Ocean about 600 kilometres east of Hawaii.
The impact killed all but one person on board and caused the first recorded death in space.
Since then, the space station has become a symbol of the space industry’s resilience, the way that it survives unexpected events and, in particular, the legacy of astronauts.
The space station is a vital part of the US national security and the economic and social prosperity of the United States.
And the accident has also helped to bring attention to the fact that space is a risky place to fly.
The crew that died on board the Space Station were all experienced pilots and engineers, with a combined 33 years of experience.
The three men on board had flown on the Space Shuttle, the European Space Agency’s Vega rocket and the International Space Station.
Their deaths were a tragedy in their own right, but it is not the only space-related tragedy to strike this year.
A week ago, NASA’s next generation of astronauts, who are due to take over in 2024, were tragically lost when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded at Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all three crew members.
The accident happened less than two weeks after a Russian Soyuz rocket crashed in the Indian Ocean, killing the entire crew.
The two previous deaths were the result of a crash in a Russian space station, in 2014 and a launch failure in March 2016.
Both were caused by launch failures.
“SpaceX has been through a number of launch failures, both commercial and international, and we have not experienced anything like this,” said Patrick Shanahan, NASA administrator under President Donald Trump.
“We are very lucky that our Space Station crew has survived the accident.
And while we are sad that the accident took their lives, we are not going to rest until the next mission safely lands.”
A week before the Space-X accident, a Russian spacecraft carrying two astronauts crashed during a launch attempt in the Sea of Japan.
The capsule burst into flames and the crew ejected, with the Russians losing contact with the orbiting space station for more than 24 hours.
The Soyuz capsule disintegrated before its disintegration was detected by emergency services, although the cause was still unknown.
NASA has taken measures to ensure the safety of the next generation astronauts, and in May, the agency announced that it would take steps to reduce the risk of such accidents.
It is a good thing, said Shanahan, that the Russian mission was so close to the station.
“It was a lot of work to do that, but the crew was really good at it.
They had a very good training program.
They were really prepared.”
A couple of months after the accident, on April 15, an explosion on the European Vega rocket caused the loss of all four crew members, including two of the Russians.
“Our mission is not done, and it is still going to be a big challenge, but this was definitely one of the biggest events of my career,” said Mikhail Kornienko, the Russian cosmonaut who flew on the space shuttle.
He was replaced as commander of the Soyuz spacecraft after his death on March 23.
The space shuttle, the Space X spacecraft, and the Falcon 9 were the only three vehicles to carry astronauts, but all of those vehicles are now on their last legs. “
The crew is very, very strong and we are ready for this.”
The space shuttle, the Space X spacecraft, and the Falcon 9 were the only three vehicles to carry astronauts, but all of those vehicles are now on their last legs.
NASA recently retired its Space Launch Systems and Orion rockets, which have been used since 2010 to carry the International Transport Workers Union’s astronauts on missions to the International Geophysical Year in 2021 and 2022.
The agency will use its next-generation Orion spacecraft to ferry crew to the ISS in 2019, and then retire the shuttle in 2021.
The shuttle was retired in 2011 to focus on its legacy and the Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX), a company spun out of the Boeing Co., is currently building the next-gen rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which will be launched in 2020.
“They are in a great position to launch the Falcon, which is really the key piece of their legacy,” said Shanahan.
“Because they can do it with all the experience they have.
The risk is just so much smaller, and they will be able to do this in a lot less time than the shuttle.”
A few days after the disaster in Hawaii, a SpaceX rocket exploded in a launch pad in Texas.
It killed one person and caused extensive damage to the launch pad.
“All three were experienced rocket pilots,” said Mike Friel, an astronaut and rocket engineer for SpaceX.
“But they were both also very experienced engineers and very good at getting it done.”
Friel is the last surviving member of the crew on board SpaceX’s Falcon