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Crew Dragon Capsule Launch: NASA SpaceX First Crew Launch to the International Space Station

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Jun 3, 2020 9:30 AM 5 min play


In a first, NASA astronauts on Saturday were launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). Called Demo-2, this mission is the first crewed test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, following the Crew Dragon's Demo-1 mission last year. 

The launch becomes all the more significant as it marks the launch of humans into orbit from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The crew entered the ISS on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey - marking the completion of the first leg of the trip, designed to test the capabilities of the Crew Dragon capsule. But the mission will only be declared a success when the astronauts return safely to Earth in a few months' time.

How closely have you followed the NASA SpaceX first crew launch? Let's find out. We also cover some wider space stuff...because you know...the more the merrier. 

 

Here's a teaser:

1) The Crew Dragon is the first spacecraft to have left the US soil since the ________ spacecraft left in _______.

2) Since then its astronauts have been reliant on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to travel to and from the ISS at the cost of some ________ per seat.

3) Which was the first commercial flight to have ferried astronauts to the International Space Station?

4) Which art work flew with NASA crew members Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on Crew Dragon?

5) Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley carried what as a zero gravity indicator on Crew Dragon?

6) Which was the first manned spaceflight in history carrying Yuri Gagarin, clocking just over one full orbit of Earth?

7) When was the first manned spaceflight in history launched?

8) Which countries have sent crews to space?

9) What is the name of India's first manned space mission by ISRO, expected to be launched in 2022?

10) ISS programme is a multi-national collaborative project between how many participating space agencies?

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