SpaceX spacecraft successfully docks at ISS

In this frame grab from NASA TV, SpaceX Dragon crew, from front left to right, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi stand with International Space Station crew Kate Rubins, from back left, Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov during a welcome ceremony, early Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. The Dragon arrived and docked at the ISS late Monday. (NASA TV via AP)

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UPDATED 12:30 PM PT – Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Aerospace company SpaceX is breaking records for space travel after partnering with NASA in order to send four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docked onto the ISS around 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday after making the 27-hour journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This marks the first time the Space Agency has used a commercial spacecraft to send astronauts to the ISS.

While joining the crew members aboard the Space Station, crew leader Mike Hopkins shared about the group’s experience leaving the Earth’s atmosphere.

“It’s been an incredible journey and it’s really amazing that this is marking the start of operational crew rotation missions to the International Space Station from the Florida coast,” he stated. “It was an amazing ride, I can’t tell you how excited we were when that rocket lifted off the pad and then the last 27-hours have gone really smooth, actually.”

At the launch on Sunday night, Vice President Mike Pence made an appearance to show the White Houses’s support. He stated that the U.S. has “renewed its commitment to lead in space exploration.”

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