SpaceX Crew Dragon: Why the ship represents a new chapter in space travel

published 14.12.2020 18:00

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NASA has big plans: Future missions include a "Crew-2" flight in early 2021, featuring the first European Space Agency astronaut, and a "Crew-3" flight in late 2021.

When Crew Dragon went up again in November, the craft carried NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, all bound for the International Space Station to begin Expedition 64.

After the space shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA needed a new way to ferry astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station, home of numerous scientific experiments in microgravity.

Crew Dragon represents a new era of space travel — and solves a massive problem for NASA.

The pair were launched in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, with help from a Falcon 9 rocket, on a trip to the International Space Station.

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