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SpaceX Dragon Reaches Orbiting Laboratory for NASA’s 7th Crewed Mission

The SpaceX Dragon vehicle transported three astronauts and one cosmonaut to the International Space Station after a nearly 30-hour journey as part of NASA and the company’s seventh crew rotation mission.

Crew-7, which will perform over 200 science and technology experiments, lifted off at 3:27 a.m. Eastern time Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a Falcon 9 rocket and reached the orbiting laboratory at 9:16 a.m. Sunday, the agency said.

Astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli of NASA, Andreas Mogensen of the European Space Agency, Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov flew on the Dragon spacecraft.

The latest commercial mission is in support of space-based research including the collection of microbial samples from outside ISS, as well as studies of astronauts’ sleep and response to different space flight durations.

NASA expects the findings to inform agency personnel and commercial partners regarding future Artemis and other long-duration extraterrestrial flights.

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