SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Sends Four Astronauts to the International Space Station

SpaceX, an American space transportation startup owned by Elon Musk, has launched four astronauts to orbit from the Kennedy Space Center on Friday using a recycled Falcon 9 rocket and capsule.

The four astronauts are the third crew that the rapidly expanding space transportation services firm has sent to orbit and the second routine astronaut flight that it has conducted for NASA using its spacecraft.

The mission of NASA and SpaceX on Friday, also called Crew-2, involved the sending of astronauts toward the International Space Station (ISS) on a Falcon 9 rocket ship.

The astronauts included in the Crew-2 mission launch are Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, as well as Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency.

“We want this to become a regular way to get to the space station, which means, I don’t know, down the line hundreds of launches maybe,” Pesquet said during a press briefing in March.

The crew is expected to arrive at the space station early on Saturday after venturing towards the orbit for approximately 23 hours.

The four astronauts would be joining the first crew that is still on the ISS and would spend the following six months at the orbiting laboratory.

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