SpaceX Crew-1 Launch

SpaceX Crew-1 Launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi onboard, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission is the first crew rotation mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Hopkins, Glover, Walker, and Noguchi launched at 7:27 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center to begin a six month mission onboard the orbital outpost. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Photo by: NASA/Joel Kowsky

NASA/Joel Kowsky

NASA SpaceX Crew-1, We Have Liftoff!

(Updated: November 16, 2020)

After multiple delays, the NASA SpaceX Crew-1 Mission launched on Sunday, November 15th at 7:27P ET. This historic milestone marks the first operational mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon with four astronauts and kicks off the gateway to the second golden age of space exploration. Here's everything that happened on launch day.

November 15, 2020

The four astronauts (NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor Glover, along with Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) of the Resilience capsule launched in a brand-new Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. And throughout the day, NASA and SpaceX teams kept a close eye on weather conditions for liftoff, which was 50% "go" for launch. Luckily, the weather stayed favorable for the evening launch.

The timeline of launch day started out a little bit ahead of schedule and had some curveballs with the pandemic, pending weather conditions, and a leak scare. But in the end, launch was a "go" and it was, "All for one, and Crew-1 for all." Here's the rundown of the day's events.

The crew suited-up for launch.

The walkout: the crew waved to family and headed to the Launch Pad 39A.

During the hatch closure, there was a slight set back related to the pressurization in the capsule due to foriegn object debris (FOD). But the issue was resolved and another leak check was performed to keep us moving forward with launch.

Fueling of Falcon 9 began and Americans across the country got excited for the countdown to launch just ahead.

And then... Crew-1, we have LIFTOFF!

Congrats to NASA and SpaceX on the successful Crew-1 launch! Hopkins, Glover, Walker, and Noguchi will be aboard the space station (ISS) for six months. Docking with the ISS is targeted for 27 hours from launch.

On November 16 at 11:01P ET, the Crew Dragon docked with the International Space Station.

See photos of the complete Crew-1 journey including preparations, launch, and docking to the International Space Station.

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