NASA has made its first operational SpaceX Crew Dragon launch, 우주 프로그램의 중요한 이정표를 표시.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:27 오후. ET 일요일. The six-month mission is the first crew rotation flight on a U.S. 상업용 우주선.
The Crew-1 mission is transporting NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon vehicle. It follows a successful Demo-2 mission earlier this year.
“Godspeed Crew-1!” tweeted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine a few hours before launch. The NASA chief also tweeted a selfie with the four astronauts.
The launch was pushed back from Saturday on account of the weather. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, which was named Resilience by the crew, will reach the International Space Station Monday.
Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence viewed the launch at Kennedy Space Center.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, 하나, was sidelined by COVID-19. On the eve of the launch, Musk disclosed that he “most likely” has a moderate case of coronavirus, despite mixed results
Crew-1 marks another important milestone for America’s space program following the Demo-2 flight earlier this year.
The mission marked the first time that astronauts have 시작 from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011. Amid a blaze of publicity, the Demo-2 mission lifted off from Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 30.
After the end of the Space Shuttle program, 미국. relied on Russian Soyuz rockets launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to get astronauts into space. 러시아 요금 미국. 약 $ 75 million to send an astronaut into space, and the Associated Press reports that the last Soyuz ticket cost America $ 90 백만.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, Kristin Fisher, Lauren Blanchard, David Clark, Erin McEwan and the Associated Press contributed to this article.