Photos: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launch


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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15, 2020. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission is the first crew rotation mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched at 7:27 p.m. EST.

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Updated 0714 GMT (1514 HKT) November 16, 2020

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15, 2020. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission is the first crew rotation mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched at 7:27 p.m. EST.

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SpaceX launched four astronauts toward the International Space Station on November 15.

NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi are riding aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.

This is SpaceX’s second launch with humans aboard. The first Crew Dragon to launch humans, which was still considered a test mission, took off in May earlier this year.

The team will spend about six months in space before returning to Earth.

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