Four NASA astronauts launched into orbit aboard SpaceX rocket

Blast off!

Four NASA astronauts were launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday evening — their sights set on the International Space Station.

The team lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:27 p.m. in a Crew Dragon capsule made by Elon Musk’s company.

It’ll take them about 27 hours to get to the space station, meaning they’ll dock there at around 11 p.m. on Monday.

The historic joint spaceflight between NASA and SpaceX marked only the second time in nearly a decade that astronauts rocketed to orbit from American soil.

The mission, dubbed “Crew-1,” is the culmination of a NASA program that has sought to send astronauts to the space station using vessels and equipment developed by private companies.

“Game day!” tweeted NASA astronaut and crew commander Mike Hopkins, before gearing up in a smart white suit with black trim at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The team on Sunday’s flight includes two other Americans, physicist Shannon Walker and Navy Cmdr. Victor Glover, as well as Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi — who will all spend five to six months aboard the space station.


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