SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Launches Again Sending Astronauts to International Space Station

Video: Bermuda Mentioned In Space Launch

The SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifted off at 7.27 pm EST on Sunday (5.57 am on Monday India time) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is now bringing four astronauts - three from NASA, and one from Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency - to spend several months aboard the International Space Station.

The nighttime launch lit up the sky over Brevard County to the delight of thousands of spectators lining the coast.

The crew consists of three NASA astronauts - U.S. Air Force Col. Mike Hopkins, the mission commander, U.S. Navy Cmdr. "Have an wonderful trip and know that we are all for one". He was working as a special assistant to the vice chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff when he got the call from NASA.

This marks the second-ever crewed mission for Elon Musk's private space-faring firm SpaceX, after the successful launch and return of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley with the Demo-2 mission this summer.

If you watched some of the live feeds from SpaceX's weekend launch of its Dragon capsule, you might have noticed an additional (albeit tiny) member of the crew. The Crew Dragon spacecraft will dock autonomously to the station's Harmony module at approximately 11 p.m. ET tonight.

They named their capsule Resilience given all the challenges in 2020, most notably the global pandemic.

The crew for the historic launch includes a Space Force colonel, a Black pilot leaving Earth for the first time, a woman who has logged almost 4,000 hours in space and a Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut.

"And now it's time for us to do our part, Crew 1 for all", Hopkins said. Since 2006, NASA has spent $4 billion buying seats on the Soyuz rocket.

But NASA doesn't intend to rely exclusively on SpaceX or want to be the only entity doing launches. NASA wants to be one customer of many customers, sending people and cargo into space, and wants to choose from numerous companies all competing against each other.

The near-future may also see regular citizens, not just professional astronauts, be able to go to space - if they can afford it.

The 27-hour ride to the space station, an orbiting laboratory some 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, was originally scheduled to begin on Saturday. This means that NASA can again do crew rotations between the US and the space station, after years of delay.

"This is a great day for the United States of America and a great day for Japan", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Sunday. Development of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is still delayed because of major software issuesdetected during a test mission last year, but officials say that vehicle could be in operation next year.



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