SpaceX launches 'Crew Dragon' craft to International Space Station
The mission marks the first operational flight for four astronauts to the ISS.
SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station. After a flight lasting 27 hours, three American and one Japanese astronauts arrived at 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.