SpaceX and NASA Crew-1 mission

SpaceX and NASA launches Crew-1 mission

SpaceX and NASA successfully send four astronauts to the ISS (International Space Station). SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida at 5:57 A.M (IST) on November 16. The newly designed Crew Dragon capsule which is called Resilience is carrying three American astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and a Japanese astronauts Soichi Noguchi to the ISS. After completing the journey, the Crew Dragon capsule will return to earth that was received by a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Crew-1 mission was originally scheduled to launch on Saturday but due to bad weather conditions, it was postponed to Sunday (ET). It is the second crewed mission of SpaceX after the historic Demo-2 launch. To recall, Demo-2 was launched on May 30. earlier this year.

Mission commander Mike Hopkins responded from orbit, “Well done, that was one heck of a ride. To all the people at SpaceX and NASA, by working together through these difficult times, you’ve inspired the nation the world.”

SpaceX and NASA Crew-1 mission launch details

At 5:57:14 A.M (IST) nine Merlin 1D engines on booster B1061’s first stage ignited, three seconds after which the Falcon 9, Resilience, liftoff to orbit. After the first stage’s initial burn Falcon 9 separated from the second stage and began the journey of returning to earth. The second stage carried the Resilience to orbit after that second stage spacecraft separated from Crew Dragon. As of now, Resilience is placed at 190 x 210 km orbit. The docking of Resilience to the space station will take place on Monday (11 P.M ET) after a series of phasing and rendezvous burns.

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As SpaceX’s co-founder Elon Musk has mild symptoms of COVID-19, he was not allowed to watch the event from Kennedy Space Center. He was observing the situation remotely.