SpaceX launches spaceship designed to carry astronauts


Believe it or not, the US Saturday launched a spaceship that can carry astronauts to outer space. But its only passenger is a dummy named Ripley.

The missile, named Crew Dragon, is on a test run and will possibly be used to send American astronauts to the International Space Station, perhaps as early as July.

It blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida — the first time in eight years such a launch took place in the US.

“Ripley” was named for the character played by Sigourney Weaver in the “Alien” films.

The space craft is owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, a company hoping to take humans into space one of these days.