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Launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:49 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 15.

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Unlike the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission earlier this year, the Crew-1 mission represents the first “manned” operational mission for the SpaceX and NASA collaboration.

The astronauts will spend six months at the ISS as members of Expedition 64/65 before returning to Earth with a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean in May 2021.

The four astronauts of NASA and SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station pose for a portrait during a launch rehearsal at Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 12, 2020. They are (from left): Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi and NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor Glover. (Image credit: Soichi Noguci/JAXA/NASA)