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SpaceX just launched its longest and most ambitious NASA mission to date. Here’s how the rest of the journey will go.

  • SpaceX’s Crew-1 aim launched Sunday evening, rocketing four astronauts into orbit for a half-year spaceflight.
  • The Crew Dragon spaceship is demanded to dock to the International Space Station on Monday night.
  • Crew-1 is the first full-length mission NASA has contracted from Elon Musk’s shoot up company. It’s poised to be the longest-duration human spaceflight ever launched from US soil.
  • Here’s what to expect as SpaceX’s Corps Dragon flies to the space station and back.
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SpaceX tendered its most important NASA mission yet on Sunday: Elon Musk’s rocket company catapulted four astronauts into Terra’s orbit on its Crew Dragon spaceship.

Crew-1, as the flight is called, will be SpaceX’s first full-length mission for NASA. It’s also the concern’s second time launching people and the longest-duration human space mission ever launched from US soil. The advised record, 84 days, has held since the longest Skylab mission more than 45 years ago.

The spaceship is set to orbit Mother earth for about 27 hours before docking to the International Space Station. After that, the astronauts are expected to dwell aboard the floating laboratory for about half a year.

“We are ready for this launch. We are ready for the six months of work that is hold on for us on board the International Space Station, and we are ready for the return,” NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, who commands the mission, weighted during a pre-launch news conference.

Hopkins’ crew members are NASA astronauts Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese Aerospace Energy astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Here’s how their flight should play out and what to expect at each stage of the job.

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