Elon Musk says SpaceX Crew-2 launch 'feels like a dream'
The billionaire said the launch is another step towards a 'multi-planetary species'
Billionaire Elon Musk said Friday that he believes the world is at the dawn of a new era of space exploration.
In a news conference following the successful launch into orbit of SpaceX's second crew rotation on a commercial spacecraft mission -- the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft -- Musk told reporters that he was proud of the SpaceX team and honored to be partnered with NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and European Space Agency (ESA).
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Musk said he was "thrilled to be part of human spaceflight" and looks forward to going beyond Earth orbit to the moon and Mars and helping to make humanity a "spacefaring civilization and a multi-planet species one day."
Nevertheless, the SpaceX founder admitted that he could not sleep on Thursday night.
"Fortunately, we've got a great team and we're really proud of the incredible work that the team has done in partnership with NASA," Musk said.
"I suppose it gets a little bit easier, but it's still pretty intense, I have to say," he said at the post-flight news conference.
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"It's hard to believe we're here doing this, quite frankly," Musk added. "It feels like a dream."