SpaceX November Launch

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SpaceX Crew-1

Elise Stuman, Staff

The year 2020 has been hectic, that’s for sure, but through it all, spatial travel has continued to advance. This year, on Sunday, November 15, SpaceX and NASA collaborated to send a team of four astronauts up to the International Space Station [ISS]. The launch was initially planned to take place on Saturday, November 14, but due to bad weather such as Tropical Storm Eta, they had to push it back to Sunday. The engines were started at 7:27 PM (ET) at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and not even 10 minutes later, the rocket had taken off. This mission is the first of the three scheduled Dragon human spaceflights that will take place over the course of 2020 and 2021. The team took the spacecraft known as Dragon, launched by the Falcon 9, and docked on the ISS at 11:01 PM (ET) on Monday, November 16. They will stay there for 6 months, joining American astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov who arrived earlier this year on October 14, before returning to Earth. The team, known as Crew-1, consists of the NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor Glover, along with the Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. They are all under the Commercial Crew Program that hopes to make the development of safe, reliable, and cost-effective human space transportation that will journey to and from low Earth orbit and the ISS possible. Even though a pandemic, humans with an insatiable thirst for knowledge will continue to seek and advance sciences.