NASA, SpaceX prepare to send four astronauts to the international space station | Voice of America


Space X prepares to send a rocket with four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday night. “All systems are ready for launch tonight at 7:27 PM EST for the first Crew Dragon operational mission. With four astronauts aboard,” SpaceX, the missile company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, tweeted Sunday. . SpaceX also said: “The teams are attentive to the weather conditions for take-off, which are currently 50% favorable”.

On the other hand, the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence tweeted that he was looking forward to the launch with second lady Karen Pence. A White House statement said the Pences would travel to Florida on Sunday and return to Washington in the evening.

The mission will mark the first time NASA has launched a privately owned rocket into space, and the journey to the orbital outpost is expected to take 27 hours. It was originally scheduled to start on Saturday, but was delayed due to gusts of wind, according to NASA officials.

In August, two American astronauts returned to Earth, gently descending into the Gulf of Mexico after a mission to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The two men had taken off from Florida in May, the first launch by a NASA astronaut from US soil since 2011 and the first time a commercially developed spacecraft had brought humans into orbit.


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