Watch the trailer for ‘Return to Space’ on Netflix chronicling SpaceX’s historic 1st astronaut launch

SpaceX made history in May 2020 when it launched its two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station on a private rocket and spacecraft. That feat, which restored American access to space from US soil, is now the focus of a new Netflix documentary and you can see the first trailer here.

“Return to Space,” a Netflix documentary coming on April 7, chronicles SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission for NASA, which launched astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a four-month trip to the International Space Station. They launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft (which they named Endeavour), marking the first time NASA astronauts ever launched into orbit on a commercial spacecraft.

In pictures: SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 test flight with astronauts

Netflix’s “Return to Space” documentary chronicles SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 mission, which launched two NASA astronauts in May 2020 in the company’s first crewed flight. (Image credit: Netflix)

The documentary is directed and by the Oscar-winning duo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo,” “The Rescue”) and chronicles the efforts of SpaceX founder Elon Musk and NASA to launch the first American crewed flight from Florida since the agency retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011. For nine years, NASA was reliant on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to fly astronauts until SpaceX’s Demo-2 launch.

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