SpaceX Launches First Full Team Of Astronauts To Space

  • 16-Nov-2020
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New Delhi: Four astronauts - three from the US and one from Japan - took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX rocket on early Monday morning and are headed for the International Space Station(ISS). The crew is riding a rocket and capsule provided by the SpaceX company and this is the first fully operational mission for a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, 

The four astronauts making their way up to the ISS are the NASA's Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker and the highly experienced Japanese space agency (Jaxa) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The astronauts are headed for a six-month long stay on the International Space Station. This launch marks SpaceX's second astronaut launch overall. The first Crew Dragon to launch humans, which was still considered a test mission, took off in May.
Soon after the liftoff, US President-elect Joe Biden took to Twitter and congratulated the team on its launch. He wrote, "Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on today's launch. It's a testament to the power of science and what we can accomplish by harnessing our innovation, ingenuity, and determination. I join all Americans and the people of Japan in wishing the astronauts Godspeed on their journey."