A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took four astronauts to the International Space Station, this will help reopen the pathway to usual crewed missions into space. For the first time in nine years, the pathway to crewed missions into space for NASA will be reopened.
The powerful rocket took twelve minutes to get to the point at which the Dragon capsule was removed from its rocket and then soared into space. This powerful rocket was built by the space-faring company initiated by Tesla founder Elon Musk.
NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Victor Glover alongside the JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi joined commander Hopkins aboard Dragon. This mission will last up to six months. The first Falcon 9 rocket left Earth’s surface eight years ago as a resupply mission to the ISS.
NASA and SpaceX are moving humans back into space since the Falcon 9 has been used in May to launch a Dragon capsule to the ISS as part of a trial. This will be the first mission in the next chapter of exploration and research.
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Crew-1 is the first commercial voyages out of three to take place through 2020 and 2021, according to SpaceX. This will give more opportunities for trips to Mars, the moon, and more. SpaceX hopes to quickly expand capabilities in order to get to the Moon again and Mars very soon.
The National Geographic revealed that the team of Walker, Noguchi, Hopkins, and Glover will log a number of “first” in their six-month mission. This team will get back on May 2021 when the capsule parachutes into the Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s coast at about the same time when the Crew-2 Mission will be leaving the other way.
Ngochi who is the most experienced astronaut in this team has already logged 117 days in space aboard Soyuz vessels and NASA ships. NASA now has a state-of-the-art rocket and capsule, it seems they want to make up for the lost time and the research going on during the half-year stay indicates that.