Photos: SpaceX launches astronauts in NASA’s first of its kind mission

UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 11:30 AM IST
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Crew Dragon capsule lifts off carrying four astronauts on the first operational National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) commercial crew mission, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US on November 15. (Joel Kowsky / NASA / REUTERS)
Photographers set up remote cameras before the launch of NASA’s first operational commercial crew mission at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 13. According to NASA officials, an air leak caused an unexpected drop in capsule pressure less than two hours before launch, Reuters reported. (Thom Baur / REUTERS)
NASA astronauts, from left, mission pilot Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, physicist Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi leave the Operations and Checkout building on their way to launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 15. This is Noguchi’s third trip to space after previously flying on the US shuttle in 2005 and Soyuz in 2009, Reuters reported. (John Raoux / AP)
A full-size model of the Crew-1 spacecraft module sits near the launch pad as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen at launch complex 39A in the background at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15. SpaceX’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, which the crew has dubbed Resilience, lifted off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7:27 p.m. eastern time (0027 GMT on November 15), Reuters reported. (Gregg Newton / AFP)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15. SpaceX’s launch on November 15 was the first of six operational missions for NASA. The company has also booked private astronaut missions, including one slated to carry actor Tom Cruise in the coming years, Reuters reported. (Gregg Newton / AFP)
Spectators watch the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped with the Crew Dragon capsule at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 15. “That was one heck of a ride,” astronaut Mike Hopkins said from Crew Dragon to SpaceX mission control about an hour after lift-off. “There was a lot of smiles,” Reuters reported. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Crew Dragon capsule carries four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), seen from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15. Crew Dragon will gradually raise its orbit for 27 hours since lift-off through a series of on-board thruster firings, giving the astronauts time to eat pre-packaged dinners and roughly eight hours to rest before docking at the ISS at 11 p.m. eastern time on November 15. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)
NASA and SpaceX managers applaud after the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, at Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control centre at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 15. NASA is calling the flight its first “operational” mission for a rocket and crew-vehicle system that was 10 years in the making.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Crew Dragon capsule lifts off carrying four astronauts on the first operational National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) commercial crew mission, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US on November 15. (Joel Kowsky / NASA / REUTERS)

Photographers set up remote cameras before the launch of NASA’s first operational commercial crew mission at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 13. According to NASA officials, an air leak caused an unexpected drop in capsule pressure less than two hours before launch, Reuters reported. (Thom Baur / REUTERS)

NASA astronauts, from left, mission pilot Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, physicist Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi leave the Operations and Checkout building on their way to launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 15. This is Noguchi’s third trip to space after previously flying on the US shuttle in 2005 and Soyuz in 2009, Reuters reported. (John Raoux / AP)

A full-size model of the Crew-1 spacecraft module sits near the launch pad as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen at launch complex 39A in the background at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15. SpaceX’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, which the crew has dubbed Resilience, lifted off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7:27 p.m. eastern time (0027 GMT on November 15), Reuters reported. (Gregg Newton / AFP)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15. SpaceX’s launch on November 15 was the first of six operational missions for NASA. The company has also booked private astronaut missions, including one slated to carry actor Tom Cruise in the coming years, Reuters reported. (Gregg Newton / AFP)

Spectators watch the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped with the Crew Dragon capsule at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 15. “That was one heck of a ride,” astronaut Mike Hopkins said from Crew Dragon to SpaceX mission control about an hour after lift-off. “There was a lot of smiles,” Reuters reported. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Crew Dragon capsule carries four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), seen from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15. Crew Dragon will gradually raise its orbit for 27 hours since lift-off through a series of on-board thruster firings, giving the astronauts time to eat pre-packaged dinners and roughly eight hours to rest before docking at the ISS at 11 p.m. eastern time on November 15. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)

NASA and SpaceX managers applaud after the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, at Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control centre at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 15. NASA is calling the flight its first “operational” mission for a rocket and crew-vehicle system that was 10 years in the making.

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SpaceX launched four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 15, making this NASA's first full-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately-owned spacecraft. The Resilience crew includes Michael Hopkins and two fellow NASA astronauts, mission pilot Victor Glover and physicist Shannon Walker. They were joined by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. It represents a new era of commercially developed spacecraft--owned and operated by a private entity rather than NASA for sending Americans into orbit. SpaceX's launch on Sunday was the first of six operational missions for NASA.

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