Four astronauts are headed to the International Space Station (ISS) after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a SpaceX Dragon Capsule on Sunday. Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian, of Star Wars franchise fame, is safely on-board, as the zero-G indicator.
Crew Dragon launch success
This is a landmark mission for NASA and SpaceX since it is the first time a private company sent a fully operational crewed mission into space. In May, the mission that carried NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the ISS was a benchmark test.
Last week, SpaceX received the official certification from NASA that the Crew Dragon is approved for carrying astronauts in the future.
This Sunday mission to the ISS is the real thing. The four astronauts including Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi are riding in the Crew-1 capsule.
In a statement, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “NASA is delivering on its commitment to the American people and our international partners to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective missions to the International Space Station using American private industry.