SpaceX lauched NASA astronauts from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the US for the first time in 9 years, making history.
Elon Musk’s private space company on Saturday launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into orbit, successfully beginning SpaceX’s first crewed mission. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:22 p.m. ET. The capsule is the first privately designed and built spacecraft to carry astronauts to space and is bound for the International Space Station.
“It was incredible,” NASA astronaut Bob Behnken said of the launch, moments after the spacecraft reached orbit. “Appreciate all the hard work and thanks for the great ride to space.”
Just after 3:22 p.m. ET, the Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon and the astronauts lifted off from the launchpad. About 12 minutes later, Crew Dragon reached orbit successfully.
“Thanks for flying with Falcon 9,” SpaceX’s launch director told the astronauts. “We wish you a great mission.”
The astronauts are scheduled to reach the International Space Station on Sunday morning. The pair will spend a couple of months on board the space station before getting back.
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