Scenes of SpaceX launching NASA astronauts into orbit, moment by moment

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, perched atop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, takes off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. The May 30 launch was the first US rocket launch with a crew since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011 and SpaceX’s first crewed mission ever. The mission is called Demo-2 since its primary purpose is to test out SpaceX’s spacecraft.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in the sky

Weather threatened to cause a second delay to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, but clouds cleared and the launch went ahead.

SpaceX Crew Dragon before docking

The mission succeeded in delivering SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. This image shows it minutes before docking.

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