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All-Private Astronaut Team Lifts Off For Historic Launch To Space Station
A SpaceX rocket lifted off on Friday carrying the first all-private team of astronauts ever launched to the International Space Station (ISS), a flight hailed by industry leaders and NASA as a milestone in commercializing spaceflight. The four-man team selected by Houston-based startup Axiom Space Inc for its historic first spaceflight and orbital science mission lifted off at 11:17 a.m. EDT (1517 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The space station‘s first fully private astronaut team welcomed aboard the orbiting platform
The first fully private team of astronauts ever launched to the International Space Station (ISS) was welcomed aboard the orbiting research platform on Saturday to begin a week-long science mission hailed as a milestone in flights commercial spaces.
Their arrival came about 9 p.m. after the four-man team representing Houston-based start-up Axiom Space Inc blasted off Friday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX-launched Falcon 9 rocket. .
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