Washington [US], November 17 (ANI): The private space launch giant SpaceX spacecraft carrying four astronauts soared into outer space Sunday, CNN reported.
Taking to Twitter, Space X said, "Falcon 9 launches Crew Dragon on its first operational flight with astronauts on board, beginning regular crew flights to the @space_station from the U.S."
According to the CNN report, NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut with Japan's space agency, are now in orbit, riding aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule that is expected to dock with the ISS on Monday at 11 pm ET. The crew will be spending 27 hours in orbit as the spacecraft slowly manoeuvres toward its destination.
It further reported that the trip would have been shorter had the Crew Dragon been able to launch on Saturday, as NASA first planned because the ISS would have lined up in such away as to allow the spacecraft to reach the space station in about eight hours.
However, the plan was foiled due to Hurricane Eta.
CNN said that this is a landmark mission for NASA and the company because it is the first fully operational crewed mission for SpaceX, following up a test mission in May that carried NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, both test pilots, to the space station. (ANI)