SpaceX has successfully launched its second crew of astronauts to orbit from its Crew Dragon spacecraft. The flight is called Crew-1 and is the first operational mission of the Crew Dragon, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The launch marks a new SpaceX era of regularly sending people to and from the International Space Station for NASA. Crew-1 launched atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, at 7:27 PM ET.
Three NASA astronauts; Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaunt Soichi Noguchi were flying inside the capsule.
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The crew is to spend more than 24 hours in space before docking with the ISS at about 11 PM ET on Monday 16th November 2020. Crew Dragon is designed to dock to the space station automatically, without help from the crew inside
This is SpaceX’s second manned flight to space. However, it is the first time the Crew Dragon will talk on a long-duration mission. Crew Dragon’s first crewed flight to space was in May 2020 and lasted just two months.
It also was a test flight to demonstrate that the spacecraft can transport people to the space station and bring them back home safely. Its success meant that Crew Dragon is the first vehicle certified by NASA to carry humans since the Space Shuttle. The Space Shuttle was the first private spacecraft ever to receive that certification.
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