SpaceX launches 3rd crew in under year, fly on reused rocket

The Associated Press
Updated: April 23, 2021 11:51 AM
Created: April 23, 2021 09:27 AM

SpaceX has launched its third crew in under a year for NASA, this time using a recycled rocket and capsule.

A Falcon rocket carrying four astronauts blasted into orbit early Friday morning from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

Spectators at Space View Park in Titusville, directly across from the launch pad, cheered as Falcon rocket thundered into the night from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Dragon capsule should reach the International Space Station on Saturday.

It's the same capsule that carried up the first SpaceX crew last May.

And the rocket hoisted the second crew in November.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk met briefly with the U.S., French and Japanese astronauts before they headed to the launch pad.
 

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