SpaceX has successfully launched four astronauts inside the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft named Resilience to the International Space Station that took off at 7:27PM ET on top of the Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft carried four astronauts inside the capsule three NASA astronauts — Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker — as well as Soichi Noguchi, from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.
After entering the orbit, the spacecraft spent about a day in space and automatically docked with the ISS on Monday at around 11:13 PM ET.
After the success of the full operational demo of the CREW mission in May this year after which the SpaceX Crew Dragon has been certified to carry humans since NASA’s Space Shuttle and the first private spacecraft to receive that designation.
The success of the CREW-1 mission marks the first operational mission of SpaceX for NASA.