Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX COO
SpaceX launched humans into orbit on May 30 for the first time, sending NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
The company’s milestone coincided with nationwide protests against racism and police brutality that erupted after video circulated showing white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin placing his knee on the neck of George Floyd, a black man, for nearly nine minutes. Floyd died and Chauvin has been charged with murder.
On Wednesday, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell congratulated employees on the launch in an internal email, while also acknowledging the tragedy of racism and police brutality.
“In speaking of trying to…