A new era in private spaceflight: Elon Musk's SpaceX launches 4 astronauts in NASA mission

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Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX on Sunday launched four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station in NASA’s first full-fledged mission to send a crew into orbit aboard a private spacecraft, a Reuters reported. The Crew Dragon capsule, nicknamed Resilience, took off on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s center early this morning.

US Vice President Mike Pence attended the event. It was also the second time in nearly a decade that astronauts had been put into orbit from the United States. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk leaked via Twitter that he most likely has a moderate case of the coronavirus, despite mixed test results. It is NASA’s policy that anyone who tests positive for the virus be quarantined and remain in isolation. Musk said he had symptoms of a minor cold last week but is currently feeling fairly normal.

The launch of three Americans and one Japanese, all but one former space station residents, comes just three months after two NASA test pilots successfully concluded SpaceX’s first-occupied flight of a Dragon crew capsule. The crew led by Hopkins, an Air Force colonel, includes physicist Shannon Walker and Navy Commander and rookie astronaut Victor Glover, who will be the first black astronaut to spend an extended period aboard the space station for five to six months.

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will become just the third person to orbit aboard three different types of spacecraft. They named their capsule Resilience in light of all the challenges of 2020, including the global pandemic.

– Agency inputs

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A new era in private spaceflight: Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches 4 astronauts on NASA’s mission

This is the first NASA mission to send a crew aboard a private spacecraft

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