Four astronauts to dock with International Space Station — SpaceX-NASA mission

James Marshall
November 17, 2020

NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifted off at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday from Launch Complex 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Four astronauts were due to arrive at the International Space Station this morning after a successful lift-off on board a SpaceX capsule which will pave the way for commercial flights.

A safe docking will mark the end of the first leg of a landmark mission for NASA and SpaceX, which have been working together for a decade to return human spaceflight capabilities to the United States and ensure the multibillion-dollar ISS stays fully staffed. "We are looking forward to getting this crew to station to continue our important work, and I want to thank the teams for the incredible effort to make the next generation of human space transportation possible".

This regular taxi service got underway with Sunday night's launch.

As they prepared for the space station linkup, the Dragon crew beamed down live window views of New Zealand and a brilliant blue, cloud-streaked Pacific 400km below. Commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi-an astronaut from Japan-deemed the capsule "Resilience", an appropriate denomination given the success of the spacecraft's launch. Glover will be the first African-American to move in for a long haul.

It's not the first time SpaceX astronauts have brought a plush friend with them on board.

The four named their capsule Resilience to provide hope and inspiration during an especially hard year for the world. They broadcast a tour of their capsule, showing off the touchscreen controls and storage areas.

"Looks fantastic", Mission Control radioed from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

"It looks awesome from up here, too", Hopkins replied.

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