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Crew Dragon spacecraft with commercial tourists launched to the ISS

01/19/2024 - 02:42

SpaceX announced on Friday that the Crew Dragon reusable manned spaceship carrying space tourists on board was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) as a component of the Axiom commercial program.

Official SpaceX Photos via flickr
Official SpaceX Photos via flickr
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the ship from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39B at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:49 p.m. U.S. East Coast time on Thursday.

The ship's crew includes former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, who is serving as acting captain, Italian pilot Walter Villadei, mission experts Markus Wandt, a Swede, and Alper Gezeravci, a Turkish national.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft is expected to connect with the International Space Station on Friday at 05:13 U.S. East Coast time.

The four-person crew will operate alongside the existing station crew while aboard the ISS as part of the third Axiom mission (Ax-3) for approximately two weeks. The visitors will carry out thirty scientific experiments.

The ship carrying the guests will have to land in the Atlantic after the ISS mission is over.