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Astronauts arrive at pad for SpaceX flight on used rocket

Astronauts arrive at pad for SpaceX flight on used rocket

23/4/2021 10:55:00 AM

Astronauts arrive at pad for Space X flight on used rocket

Astronauts arrive at pad for Space X flight on used rocket

BookmarkCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: Four astronauts arrived at their launch pad early on Friday (Apr 23) morning for a SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, the company’s third bon voyage for a NASA crew in under a year.The two Americans, one French and one Japanese astronaut climbed into white gull-winged Teslas for the ride to their rocket, all courtesy of Elon Musk’s companies. Musk met with the astronauts before they headed to the pad, wishing them well from a safe social distance.

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AdvertisementAdvertisementSpaceX aimed for a split-second liftoff at 5.49am (5.49pm Singapore time), an hour before sunrise. Good weather was forecast, not only at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center but all the way up the East Coast in the event of a launch abort and emergency splashdown. Poor offshore weather prompted SpaceX to skip Thursday’s attempt.

A SpaceX rocket with the company's Dragon capsule is illuminated by spotlights on the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, early on Friday, Apr 23, 2021. (Photo: AP/Joel Kowsky, NASA)For the first time, SpaceX was using a recycled Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule for a crew launch. The capsule soared on the company’s first astronaut launch last May, and the rocket hoisted the second crew in November.

Spacecraft commander Shane Kimbrough and his crew will replace that second set of astronauts, who will return to Earth next Wednesday in their own SpaceX capsule. Read more: CNA »

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