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NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the International Space Station
June 1, 2020

a space shuttle launch
NASAの飛行士ロバート・ベンケンとダグ・ハーリーが乗り込んだ宇宙船「クルードラゴン」を搭載したスペースX社のロケット「ファルコン9」。5月30日にフロリダ州ケープ・カナベラルにあるケネディ宇宙センター第39発射施設から打ち上げられた (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

A new era of human spaceflight began May 30 when NASA astronauts blasted off for a mission to the International Space Station. American astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley flew on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

The historic launch was the first manned space launch from U.S. soil since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011.

This mission will validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.