NASA launches astronauts to International Space Station on reused SpaceX rocket with human for the first time
NASA alongside the SpaceX launched the third crew to the International Space Station on Friday reusing a rocket and crew capsule in a human mission for the first time.
SpaceX is set to launch the space mission with humans for the first time astronauts in the Crew Dragon space capsule from Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"Endeavour arriving!" Welcome to the @Space_Station, Crew-2!— NASA (@NASA) April 24, 2021
Their arrival means there are now 11 humans aboard our orbiting laboratory, a number not seen since the space shuttle era. Hugs abound. pic.twitter.com/uSwW3JFl6K
Inside the capsule, there will be four crew members: astronaut Thomas Pesquet (European Space Agency), astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough (NASA), and astronaut Akihiko Hoshide (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk personally arrived at the pad to witness the launch.
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