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BBC News 16 Nov 2020

Nasa SpaceX launch: Rocket blasts off to the International Space Station


Four astronauts have launched into orbit in a rocket and capsule provided by Elon Musk's company, SpaceX.

It's the second time SpaceX has supplied this service - Nasa described it as entering a "new era" with journeys being conducted by commercial providers.

Join NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and officials from NASA, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and SpaceX for a live news conference starting at 9:30 p.m. EST with an update on NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission. After launching at 7:27 p.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the SpaceX Crew Dragon 'Resilience' spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Soichi Noguchi of JAXA is in orbit and on the way to the International Space Station.
After six years, two successful test flights and a multibillion-dollar investment in American enterprise, NASA launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday, the first government-certified flight of a commercially developed SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The Commercial Crew SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-1 launch marks the beginning of regular flights of astronauts from America to the International Space Station, a program that provides safe and reliable trips to the ISS, allowing for additional research and discovery. Vice President and Second Lady are expected to attend the viewing of NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Mission Launch.

The Crew-1 flight will carry Crew Dragon Commander Michael Hopkins, Pilot Victor Glover, and Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, all of NASA, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi, to the ISS for a six-month science mission.

Tune in LIVE as three space travelers launch to the International Space Station on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 1:45 a.m. EDT. 

Astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA, and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will lift off aboard the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft for a two-orbit, three-hour journey to dock to the orbiting laboratory. Live coverage of the launch begins at 12:45 a.m. EDT.

This is the second trip to space for both Rubins and Ryzhikov, and the first for Kud-Sverchkov. During their six-month mission, they will welcome SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).

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