On the second attempt, SpaceX and NASA successfully launched two astronauts in the Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral. The historic start was broadcast live by millions of people across the planet.
Due to bad weather, the first launch was postponed to Saturday. The second time the conditions were favorable, and the start went on schedule without any disruptions on May 30 at 15:22 Eastern time in the United States. The capsule was put into orbit with the help of the Falcon 9 rocket, its steps were also successfully put on platforms in the ocean.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were the first people to fly in the Dragon capsule, now they are still on their way to the ISS. The docking will take place today, May 31, at 10:29 UST. Both astronauts have already taken off their spacesuits and managed to sleep in a capsule after launch.
Also, the launch was special because for the first time since 2011 it took place from the United States. Now, American space flights are independent of the Roskosmos schedule – in recent years, astronauts have been delivered to the ISS and vice versa, to Earth, on Russian Soyuz rockets from Baikonur.
Watch the capsule flight broadcast here.