The SpaceX rocket took off for the International Space Station (ISS) with three NASA astronauts and one Japanese, the US space agency reported. The takeoff took place at sunset in Argentina, 00.27 GMT, from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, southeastern United States.
The crew is made up of Americans Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi, who should arrive at the ISS on Tuesday at approximately 04.00 GMT, after 28 hours of travel. They are scheduled to stay there for six months.
This “operational” flight continues the demonstration mission carried out from May to August, in which two American astronauts were taken to the ISS and then returned to Earth by SpaceX.