A SpaceX Rocket Ship Launched on Friday with the first all-private astronaut team ever brought to the International Space Station. The flight is hailed by industry executives and NASA as a milestone in the commercialization of low-Earth orbit. The four-man team was selected by Houston-based startup Axiom Space Inc for its landmark debut spaceflight.
The orbital science mission lifted off at 11:17 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A live video webcast by Axiom displayed the SpaceX launch. There were cameras inside the crew compartment beaming footage of the four men strapped into the pressurized cabin, seated in their space suits.
If all goes according to plan, the four men will arrive at the space station on Saturday, after a 20-hour-plus flight. The autonomously operated Crew Dragon will dock with the orbiting outpost some 400 kilometres above the Earth.
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