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SpaceX has secured its Crew Dragon spaceship to the top of a Falcon 9 rocket, and the launch system is ready to roar to life. On Saturday, the company is scheduled to send a crew of four NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.

The mission, called Crew-1, will be SpaceX’s first full-length mission for NASA — the first of six that Elon Musk’s rocket company has contracted with the space agency. The launch will also mark the true start of NASA’s commercial spaceflight program, a milestone nearly 10 years in the making. 

The launch is scheduled for 7:49 p.m. ET on Saturday, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will be on board the Crew Dragon space capsule. The spaceship is slated to dock at the International Space Station about eight-and-a-half hours after it launches.

Then the team is expected to stay on the ISS for six months – making their mission the longest human spaceflight ever launched from the US.

“We are ready for this launch. We are ready for the six months of work that is waiting for …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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