SpaceX aims to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station today, although the prospects of good weather are 50-50. That launch, in a capsule named Endeavour, was the first time that a crewed mission had lifted off from the United States to orbit since the retirement of NASA's space shuttles in 2011. This mission, known as "Crew-1", is supposed to be the first of many routine flights that will ferry astronauts to and from the station. It follows a successful Demo-2 mission with SpaceX earlier this year. She worked as a flight controller at NASA's Johnson Space Center and then behind the scenes in the space station program, before becoming an astronaut in 2004.
"In such a insane year, we have finally some great news", said Sophia Giallanza, who came from Miami with her husband and son to see their first launch.
The latest launch, known as the Crew-1 mission, comes 18 years after Mr Elon Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp. with the ultimate goal of populating other planets.
The countdown is underway for the launch of the SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The four will be replaced in the spring by yet another crew launched by SpaceX.
The Crew-1 mission marks a crucial milestone in the development of a space industry in which private-sector companies provide business and tourism services in low-earth orbit.
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Following the rocket's launch into orbit, President Donald Trump responded to the news on Twitter.
The Dragon is a relatively new ride for astronauts.
"It is an honour to have our Japanese astronaut launch on this Crew-1 Dragon as the first astronaut of the [sic] International Partner participating in the ISS programme", emphasised JAXA VP Hiroshi Sasaki.
Vice President Mike Pence was expected at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the long-awaited start of regular crew rotations aboard privately owned and operated capsules.
The astronauts from the U.S. and Japan prepare to board the Dragon capsule ahead of the launch. They were joined by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, making his third trip to space after previously flying on the USA shuttle in 2005 and Soyuz in 2009.
-Navy Cmdr. Victor Glover, 44, is the pilot and lone space rookie.