Four Astronauts Launch From U.S. Soil, Travel To ISS Aboard SpaceX Craft ‘Resilience’

Four Astronauts Launch From U.S. Soil, Travel To ISS Aboard SpaceX Craft ‘Resilience’


SpaceX launched four astronauts aboard a privately built craft late Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the second time the company has sent American astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

The Falcon 9 Rocket launched around 7:30pm EST, carrying aboard three American astronauts — Commander Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor Glover — and one Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi, reports the Associated Press.

Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/Unf1ScdVFB

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 16, 2020

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The four crew members are traveling aboard the Dragon capsule — which rests on top of the Falcon 9 rocket during launch, but later detaches from it — and are expected to reach the ISS late Monday evening, around 27 hours after lift-off. The crew have nicknamed the Dragon capsule “Resilience,” a nod to the tumultuous events of the year.

The crew is go for launch pic.twitter.com/HqJGin0gg7

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 16, 2020

Earlier this month, NASA certified

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