US-Russian Crew To Prepare for Space Launch

(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 has just been sent into space carrying four crew members and beginning its 6-month journey.

The crew members were launched in a space shuttle that’s only been used by Elon Musk’s SpaceX firm four times. The purpose of the trip is to perform various scientific experiments while in space; one of which will be an experiment to grow replicas of human organs in low-gravity, which isn’t possible on Earth.

According to Joel Montalbano, NASA’s ISS Programme manager, there are more than 200 experiments planned throughout the 6-month voyage. The crew is made up of both U.S. and Russian members, which shows that these countries are still working together to advance space exploration.

The initial launch was scheduled to take place on Saturday but was called off due to high winds. It officially launched on Sunday and was live-streamed as it took off into space. “What an incredible ride to orbit,” flight commander Matthew Dominick said.

Matthew Dominick and Russian Alexander Grebenkin, two of the four crew members, are on their first mission into space. The crew members will join seven others who are currently living on the ISS, or International Space Station. They are expected to land on the ISS on Tuesday. Grebenkin is the latest cosmonaut to fly on a U.S. aircraft, and the one Russian in the crew.

The International Space Station is a human-made space station close to the length of a football field that orbits our planet as a central international station. Countries like the United States, Russia, Japan, and 11 European countries have been maintaining the ISS.

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