In this black and white infrared image, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Demo-2 mission was the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The test flight served as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Behnken and Hurley launched at 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. A new era of human spaceflight begins as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.

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Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

在这张黑白红外图像中,2020年5月30日,星期六,在佛罗里达州的肯尼迪航天中心,SpaceX猎鹰9号运载着该公司的乘员龙号宇宙飞船,在NASA的SpaceX Demo-2任务中,NASA宇航员罗伯特·本肯和道格拉斯·赫尔利被发射到国际空间站。Demo-2任务是SpaceX公司的龙号飞船和猎鹰9号火箭首次将宇航员送入国际空间站,这是该公司商业载人计划的一部分。这次试飞是SpaceX公司载人运输系统的端到端演示。本肯和赫尔利于美国东部时间5月30日星期六下午3点22分从肯尼迪航天中心39A发射中心发射升空。自2011年航天飞机计划结束以来,美国宇航员再次乘坐美国火箭从美国本土发射到近地轨道,人类航天飞行的新时代开始了。



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