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SpaceX's Crew-1 mission to launch four astronauts to the ISS on Monday, 5.57 am IST: How to watch it live

NASA firefighters drive on the road outside the fence near a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the company's Crew Dragon capsule attached, sits on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. This mission, known as "Crew-1", is supposed to be the first of many routine flights that will ferry astronauts to and from the station. It touched down on a drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean about 10 minutes after liftoff.

In August, two US astronauts returned to Earth, splashing safely into the Gulf of Mexico after a mission to the International Space Station aboard the commercially developed SpaceX spacecraft Crew Dragon.

Pence and his wife stood on a balcony next to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and his family as Resilience glowed from the bottom and started to lift off - the thunderous sound of the rocket then followed. Glover's achievement is notable for NASA, which has worked to spotlight the "hidden figures" in its history but has so far sent only 14 Black Americans to space out of a total of more than 300 NASA astronauts.

The post NASA, SpaceX to launch monumental astronaut mission appeared first on TheGrio. "I join all Americans and the people of Japan in wishing the astronauts Godspeed on their journey".

NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, are set to stay on the ISS for six months after the launch and help with maintenance and research.

This is ongoing live coverage of SpaceX's second-ever Crew-1 launch of humans aboard a Dragon Capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket, so be sure to check-in with us for the latest updates. The NASA chief also tweeted a selfie with the four astronauts.

It was initially scheduled to begin on Saturday, but was delayed due to wind gusts, according to NASA officials.

Shannon Walker, 55, will be one of four astronauts aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon when it launches into space from Florida's Kennedy Space Center this evening. US Eastern Time on Sunday. Musk's COVID-19 test results were mixed.

NASA turned to private companies to haul cargo and crews to the space station, following the 2011 retirement of its space shuttles.

Crew-1 marks another important milestone for America's space program following the Demo-2 flight earlier this year.

The US space agency NASA is set to launch the first privately developed spacecraft, Crew Dragon.

It also marks the second time in almost a decade that astronauts were set to rocket into orbit from the US.



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