SpaceX launches astronauts to the International Space Station
ByFunAsia 25 Apr 2021 10:36 AM 219

SpaceX's Crew-2 is headed toward the International Space Station after a pre-dawn launch on Friday.

The Falcon 9 rocket was launched into the morning sky from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:49 a.m. ET.

"I was unable to be more pleased with the Commercial Crew Program, and the SpaceX group, and the NASA group and what they've had the option to do to empower dependable, protected, powerful transportation to and from the station," Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said at a question-and-answer session recently.

Prior to the takeoff, NASA tweeted a video of the International Space Station flying over the Kennedy Space Center.

The mission is SpaceX's third trip in partnership with NASA, following Crew-1 and Demo-2 missions. The launch additionally denotes the first occasion when that SpaceX reuses a rocket and a case for a mission.

The SpaceX Crew-2 mission incorporates NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese space traveler Akihiko Hoshide and French space explorer Thomas Pesquet. This will be the main mission to fly two global accomplice group individuals as a feature of the organization's business team program.

NASA said that the group will go through a half-year in space. At the ISS, they will join Crew-1 NASA space explorers Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and JAXA space explorer Soichi Noguchi. Likewise, NASA space traveler Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov are additionally there.

For almost 10 years, the only path to the space station for space explorers was on Russian rockets. NASA went to privately owned businesses for taxi services after the space shuttles retired in 2011. SpaceX has been transporting payload to the space station since 2012, utilizing a similar sort of rocket and comparable cases, and reusing those parts too.

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