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Crew-1: successful start for the first manned mission of the SpaceX capsule

Crew-1 is on the way to success. The Falcon rocket and its manned Crew Dragon capsule launched for the ISS on the night of November 15-16, 2020 (at 1:27 a.m. French time). The Crew 1 mission had been postponed by 24 hours because of the strong wind, a micro-delay that had no real technical impact. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glove and Shannon Walker, as well as JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, are now on their way to the ISS, a transit that is expected to take around 27 hours.

The resilience increases. 🚀

The Crew 1 mission launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from @NASAKennedy at 7:27 p.m. ET and is en route to @Space_Station. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/5Q3uXSLvqt

– NASA (@NASA) November 16, 2020

Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on their launch today. It’s a testament to the power of science and what we can achieve when we use our innovation, ingenuity, and determination. I join all Americans and the people of Japan and wish the astronauts the best of luck in their journey.

– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 16, 2020

The success of this mission will undoubtedly weaken the already strained relationship between NASA and the Russian Roscosmos agency, which has so far supplied the Soyuz rockets required to transport the astronauts. Thanks to SpaceX, a private space company, the United States is in the process of restoring its full independence from “space”. This independence had been largely weakened after the space shuttle program was canceled (after the tragic accident at Challenger).

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