Liftoff

SpaceX Crew Dragon: 8 moments from NASA’s epic launch

Up, up, and away!

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After numerous rescheduled launch dates, NASA’s Crew-3 mission lifted off on November 10.

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Four astronauts flew to the International Space Station onboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft.

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Partnering with private companies like SpaceX is the hallmark of NASA’s Commercial Crew program.

It’s a way for the organization to rotate ISS crews without having to build every spacecraft internally.

The Crew-3 team will staff the ISS for six months.

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Here’s a look back at eight moments from the Crew-3 launch:

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8. Crew-3 astronauts Raja Chari, Matthias Maurer, Thomas Marshburn, and Kayla Barron wave as they prepare to board.

7. Look at that! Astronauts Chari and Marshburn gaze at the rocket before boarding.

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6. Astronaut Barron ducks into the Crew Dragon entrance.

5. Liftoff! A successful launch takes the 4-person crew to the ISS.

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4. The rocket departed around 9 p.m. Eastern on November 10.

3. The rocket streaks through the sky as it heads for the ISS.

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2. See that turtle floating near the window? It’s the astronauts’ zero-G indicator.

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1. The crew shares what it’s like to travel in the Crew Dragon.

You can listen to their video here.

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Endurance is expected to dock to the ISS around 7:10 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

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