JUNE 3 (UPI) — SPACEX’S FIRST MANNED SPACE MISSION, DEMO-2, WAS LAUNCHED ON SATURDAY, SENDING NASA ASTRONAUTS BOB BEHNKEN AND DOUG HURLEY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, FOREIGN MEDIA REPORTED. According to statistics, NASA’s live launch of the Launch America feature attracted at least 10.3 million people in the United States to watch online at the same time, which is NASA’s most-watched webcast event.
The mission is NASA’s first to send astronauts into orbit from the U.S. mainland since the space shuttle was decommissioned in 2011. Agency officials say a record number of people watched the launch online. “We’re still collecting data, but some of our metrics suggest that the maximum number of people watching the NASA-SpaceX joint launch on all platforms is at least 10.3 million, which is the most watched event we’ve ever tracked,” said Bettina Incl?n, NASA’s deputy director of communications, shortly after the two astronauts arrived at the International Space Station. “
It needs to be clear that demo-2 live events only count Internet traffic, not all types of viewers. It is estimated that on July 20, 1969, some 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturn V on television. That was one-sixth of the world’s population at the time, so the Apollo 11 moon landings have so far maintained the highest ratings. (Chenchen)