Four NASA astronauts launched into orbit aboard SpaceX rocket


Blast off! Four NASA astronauts were launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday evening — their sights set on the International Space Station. The Falcon rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:27 p.m., carrying the astronauts in a Dragon capsule on top. It’ll take the crew about 27 hours to get to the space station, meaning they’ll dock there at around 11 p.m. on Monday. The historic joint spaceflight between NASA and Elon Musk’s company marked only the second time in nearly a decade that astronauts rocketed to orbit from American soil. The mission, dubbed “Crew-1,” is the culmination of a NASA program that has sought to send astronauts to the space station using vessels and equipment developed by private companies.

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