The brand-new ride for astronauts is finally here! This time the crew is going to enjoy a Tesla ride. Back in the day, the Mercury crews used to rode in a small trailer, pulled by a tractor. Not the fanciest, but back then, it was truly the chicest. It’s good that it remained in history because nowadays it would have looked funny.
However, as space explorations and missions become more privatized at the moment, so are the treatments astronauts receive. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley enrolled in what seems to be one of the most daring yet so much-needed space missions. They will leave Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon on a trip to the International Space Station. But first, they need a ride to the launchpad. What did CEO Elon Musk have in store for them?
Astronauts’ New Ride is a Tesla Model X
NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, announced on Twitter the latest news about the astronauts’ ride. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will get a lift to the launchpad in a Tesla Model X, which is not surprising at all! Elon Musk owns SpaceX and Tesla, too, and he probably thought, why waste the opportunity for PR? Well, maybe it wasn’t exactly like that, but when it comes to the billionaire incarceration volunteer and proved quarantine-hater, Musk, everything is possible.
Tesla Model X is indeed one of the toughest Teslas so far. The car itself should be pretty standard by all accounts, but it does make quite the impression this time. It has NASA’s most historic and well-known logos! One of the logos should be known to anyone who witnessed the outstanding film Apollo 13. The logo is also dubbed “the meatball” by space historians, and it was used from 1959 to 1975. Now, it is utilized again, and NASA couldn’t be prouder than that. The second logo represents the red and white logotype, known as “the worm,” which served from 1975 to 1992.