According to NASA, a flight team of four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday when it was the first crew member to be propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recovered from the previous space flight. They took the spacecraft “Endeavour” (Endeavour).

The Endeavour capsule also made its second flight, which was launched from NASA’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida last Friday.

NASA said in the mission update that SpaceX is the commercial rocket company of Elon Musk, and Endeavour docked at the space station building at 5:08 a.m. Eastern Time (0908 GMT), while the spacecraft was Fly 264 miles (425 kilometers) over the Indian Ocean. .

There were two NASA astronauts on board-53-year-old mission commander Shane Kimbrough and 49-year-old pilot Megan McArthur- and 52-year-old Japanese astronaut Hoshide Akihiko Hoshide, and 43-year-old mission expert Thomas Pesquet, one from the European Space Agency French engineer. Since the end of a nine-year pause in human spaceflight in the United States, NASA’s second “operational” space station team took off in the Crew Dragon capsule. This is the recovery from human spaceflight last year from the United States. since.

This is the space shuttle program in 2011. This is also the third manned spaceflight of NASA and SpaceX in 11 months since they just started. SpaceX is a Falcon 9 rocket mission by Musk (also the electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc.) It exploded with the same first-stage booster, which sent the crew into orbit five months ago, marking the first time a booster previously flown was used in a manned launch. It is The core of the reusable rocket strategy is to return safely to Earth and land safely instead of falling into the sea after launch.

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