11 Nov 2021
NASA and SpaceX Launch a 4-Crew Member Flight into Orbit
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On late Wednesday, NASA and SpaceX launched four astronauts into space on its Crew Dragon Capsule and two-stage Falcon 9 rocket. The launch took place at the Kennedy Space Center around 9pm in Florida.
The launch was aired on live television as it soared into the orbit in blazing fireball. The Dragon spacecraft has been named Endurance and includes two new crewmates, a German material scientist and a veteran spacewalker. According to video footage released by NASA, all black and white flight suits-wearing crew members could be seen strapped to their seats during lift-off.
Approximately 10 minutes after the successful launch, the dragon capsule detached itself from the rocket and entered the orbit safely. The crew was scheduled to reach the space station 400km above earth after completing a 22 hour flight. Veteran astronaut Tom Marshburn was the crew’s designated pilot and second-in-command. He has previously completed two successful spaceflights and is also a former medical doctor for NASA. NASA has previously praised low-earth orbit missions and considers it to be an integral part of training programs.