SpaceX is about to launch a female mannequin to the space station for NASA. It's named 'Ripley' after the character in the 'Alien' movies.
SpaceX is moving quickly toward one of the most important launches in its 17-year existence: The first launch of Crew Dragon, a spaceship that Elon Musk's aerospace company designed to fly NASA astronauts into orbit. Crew Dragon is part of NASA's roughly $8 billion Commercial Crew Program, which was created to restore the agency's ability to launch people to the International Space Station. (NASA retired its space shuttle program in July 2011, and has been sending astronauts on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since then.)