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Photos: 4 astronauts launch aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

Photos: 4 astronauts launch aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
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These images reveal the liftoff of SpaceX’s Team Dragon Resilience spacecraft on top of a 215- foot-tall (65- meter) Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39 A at NASA’s Kennedy Area Center in Florida, carrying four astronauts on an exploration to the International Space Station.

The Falcon 9 rocket took off from pad 39 A at 7: 27: 17 p.m. EST on Nov. 15 (0027: 17 GMT on Nov. 16) with NASA leader Mike Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, objective specialist Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

The Falcon 9 launcher streaked into a clear evening sky, taking aim on the International Space Station as it flew northeast from Florida’s Area Coast powered by nine Merlin 1D engines producing 1.7 million pounds of ground-shaking thrust.

The mission, known as Crew-1, marked the very first functional team rotation flight to the spaceport station with SpaceX’s Team Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket.

After a 27- and-a-half hour pursuit, the Crew Dragon Strength spaceship autonomously docked with the spaceport station at 11: 01 p.m. EST on Nov. 16 (0401 GMT on Nov. 17). A few hours later, Hopkins and his crewmates floated into the space station to join three team members currently living aboard the orbiting research study laboratory.

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NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Mike Hopkins walk throughout the team gain access to arm leading to the Team Dragon pill at pad 39 A. Credit: SpaceX
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and NASA astronaut Victor Glover stroll across the team gain access to arm causing the Team Dragon capsule at pad 39 A. Credit: SpaceX
The Crew-1 astronauts strapped into their seats before launch. Credit: SpaceX
NASA astronaut Victor Glover and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi are seen on the fixed service structure at pad 39 A before boarding the Team Dragon. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
The Team Dragon Durability spacecraft rockets off pad 39 A atop a 215- foot-tall Falcon 9 launcher. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX
Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Credit: SpaceX

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