SpaceX, NASA deploy historic launch








NASA firefighters drive on the road outside the fence near a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the company’s Crew Dragon capsule attached, sits on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Four astronauts will fly on the SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station scheduled for launch on Nov. 14, 2020 (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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UPDATED 6:00 PM PT – Saturday, November 14, 2020

On Sunday, NASA and aerospace company SpaceX blasted off into space with a historic launch, marking SpaceX’s first fully operational spaceflight with a full crew.

The launch took place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and sent three Americans and one Japanese astronaut to the International Space Station.

“The first time we go with a crew of four to the International Space Station on a commercial crew vehicle, it’s the first time we go with one of our international partners, Japan, and it’s the first time we go as a commercial vehicle licensed with humans into orbit, licensed by the FAA,” announced NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Originally, the Crew-1 mission intended to start their journey on Saturday, but the launch was pushed back to Sunday due to weather interference caused by Tropical Storm Eta.

This mission marked the first time the U.S. has used its own technology to send its astronauts into space after retiring the Space Shuttle program back in 2011.

Officials said the success of the Crew-1 mission will set a precedent for space travel and future missions, opening up a gateway to the final frontier.

“We’re thinking about programs that last, not just decades, but even a generation,” Bridenstine continued. “I would like to see a day when my children are my age and we have people living and working on the Moon, and, in fact, on Mars.”

After 27.5 hours in orbit, the four astronauts will arrive at the International Space Station to embark on a 6-month journey.

Officials in the Sunshine State estimated roughly 250,000 observers were in attendance in order to witness the rocket blast off into space.

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