4 SpaceX astronauts launch for ISS in historic mission
The Sunday launch marks the first time in history that NASA has used a private company to carry astronauts into space. The rocket was built by SpaceX, the company started by Elon Musk.
Four #astronauts riding a newly-designed spacecraft from Elon Musk's rocket company #SpaceX greeted their new crewmates aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday after successfully docking in a landmark achievement for private space travel. #ISS On Tuesday, a NASA spacecraft touched down on an asteroid as it sped through space, about 320 million kilometres from the Earth, grabbing a sample of rocks dating back to the birth of the solar system to bring home.
Scientists hope this will unlock the secrets of life on the Earth.
Al Jazeera's Alexi O'Brien reports. Astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of JAXA participate in a live Q&A from Astronaut Crew Quarters at Kennedy Space Center. They'll answer questions about their Nov. 14 launch to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon 'Resilience' spacecraft. This mission will be the first crew rotation mission with four astronauts flying on a commercial spacecraft, and the first including an international partner. On Sunday, four astronauts lift off for NASA's first fully operational mission with Elon Musk's SpaceX. Astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi will be at the International Space Station for six months.