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.