The cosmonauts flew to the ISS on a SpaceX spacecraft

The Crew Dragon Endeavor capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket were launched today from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station (ISS), where the four astronauts will spend six months.

The manned capsule rocket was built by Elon Musk’s private company SpaceX. The Dragon capsule is equipped with 16 dragon-thrusters for maneuvering in orbit, and also has several parachutes for landing.

NASA’s Shane Kimbrow and Megan McCarthy, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Frenchman Thomas Picket, and Japan’s Aeronautics and Space Administration (JAXA) fly the SpaceX rocket to the ISS.

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