'Trampoline is working': Musk taunts Russian space agency chief

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 31, 2020, 05.51 PM(IST)

File photo of Elon Musk. Photograph:( Reuters )

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After the launch of Falcon 9, Rogozin remained conspicuously silent but his spokesman was forced to react.

In 2014, Russian space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin took a dig at NASA for the lack of US manned flight programme and said, they will "deliver its astronauts to the ISS by using a trampoline".

After six years, Elon Musk and NASA launched two Americans into orbit from Florida on Saturday in a landmark mission. To which Musk responded, "The trampoline is working." SpaceX CEO made this statement alongside NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. Both men laughed after that. "It's an inside joke," Musk added.

After this launch, Musk's SpaceX became the first private rocket company to send humans into orbit.  

Netizens began trolling Dmitry Rogozin for his remarks he made years ago and they compared it to the situation after launch. 

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After the launch of Falcon 9, Rogozin remained conspicuously silent but his spokesman was forced to react.

"We don't really understand the hysteria sparked by the successful launch of a Crew Dragon spacecraft," spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko said on Twitter. 

"What should have happened a long time ago happened," he added.

While Sergey Krikalev,  Roscosmos executive director for crewed space programmes, congratulated US for the launch. 

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