SpaceX and NASA had a successful Crew-1 launch last night out of Cape Canaveral. This is SpaceX’s first fully operational astronaut launch and it’s the beginning of regular missions to the International Space Station. The four astronauts on board will begin a six-month odyssey while in orbit.
The launch is historic for multiple reasons! Victor Glover will be the first African-American to live aboard the station on an extended mission. Shannon Walker is the first woman to launch aboard a Falcon-9 rocket. Soichi Noguchi is the first Japanese astronaut to take part in NASA's commercial crew program.
The mission took off at 7:27 p.m. ET from launchpad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.