NASA SpaceX Launch Four astronauts – three from the US (Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and one from Japan (the highly experienced Japanese space agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi) – have begun their six-month journey from Florida to the International Space Station (ISS)
The crew rode to International Space Station (ISS) in a SpaceX rocket and capsule named SpaceX’s Dragon capsule provided by the SpaceX company owned by Elon Musk.
This is a joint venture of NASA and SpaceX that second time sends the astronauts to space via commercial space rocket.
NASA has selected SpaceX as the first U.S. commercial provider to work like a taxi service to ISS on behalf of NASA.
Noguchi becomes only the person in history to go away from Earth in three different types of spacecraft as participating during this mission. He previously flew on Soyuz and shuttle hardware before.
The crew in falcon9 rocket and dragon capsule lifted-off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 7.27 pm local time (12.27 am GMT, Monday). It will reach ISS station the next day approximately.
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