On Sunday, November 15th, the company Crew Dragon spacecraft “Resilience” lifted off atop a Falcon9 rocket. NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Michael Hopkins, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi left launch pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida bound for the ISS.
Resilience is the second crewed flight for Elon Musk’s company, following the successful “Demo-2” mission in May this year that took two astronauts to the ISS on a test flight.
Minutes before launch, Michael Hopkins addressed the astronauts’ colleagues at NASA and SpaceX. “By working together through these difficult times, you’ve inspired the nation, the world, and in no small part, the name of this incredible vehicle, Resilience, now it’s time for us to do our part. It’s going to be exciting to see how much work we’re going to be able to get done where we’re there,” Hopkins said.
With so many astronauts on board, the crew expects to get a lot done during their six-month stay.