SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket - Historic SpaceX missile launched to the ISS:

For the first time in nine years, astronauts have taken off from US soil. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from the Cape Canaveral Spaceport in Florida.

After a break of almost nine years, astronauts have started again from the United States for the International Space Station.

With the two US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on board, the Falcon 9 rocket from the private company SpaceX was launched on schedule at 3:22 p.m. local time from the Cape Canaveral Spaceport in Florida.

So far, SpaceX has only transported freight:

The two astronauts are expected to dock with the ISS on Sunday and will stay for around a month.

It is the first time that SpaceX, a private space company, is bringing astronauts to the ISS.

A first test start had been cancelled on Wednesday due to bad weather conditions around a quarter of an hour before the start.

Even before the second attempt, the weather conditions initially looked only moderate, but then the clouds cleared in time.

The launch entitled "LaunchAmerica" ​​was eagerly awaited worldwide. It is another test for the "Crew Dragon" developed by the private space company SpaceX.

The Elon Musk company has so far only transported cargo to the ISS.

Because of the corona pandemic, access to the Florida Spaceport site, where visitors are normally allowed to watch launches, was severely restricted. US President Donald Trump had arrived.

80 million euros for the flight with Russians:

In summer 2011, astronauts had recently flown to the ISS on the "Atlantis" space shuttle.

Thereafter, the US space agency NASA discontinued its space shuttle program for cost reasons and has since been dependent on Russia for flights to the ISS.

The flight in a Russian Soyuz capsule cost around 80 million euros.


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