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Missed the NASA SpaceX Demo-2 launch? Check out the mission pictures


By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |

Published: May 31, 2020 11:39:30 am


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With the SpaceX Demo-2 mission, NASA astronauts have been launched from American soil for the first time in history in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft. The last time astronauts were launched from the US soil was on July 8, 2011, for the STS-135 mission. Soon after which all astronauts were flown to the International Space Station in Russia’s Soyuz Capsule.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off at 3:22 pm EDT Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket to reach the International Space Centre.

The mission was launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida that was used to launch Apollo missions to the moon half a century ago. The Demo-2 launch also marks the start of the commercial crew era of US human spaceflight.

At the moment, the Crew Dragon capsule has separated from Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage and is on its way to the International Space Station. If you have missed the live broadcast of the mission, you can watch the pictures from the launch:

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