SpaceX launches 11th crewed mission as it heads to the International Space Station

SpaceX has launched its 11th crewed mission, named Crew-7, with four astronauts onboard to the International Space Station (ISS).

Launch details: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying four astronauts, lifted off smoothly and entered low-earth orbit within about nine minutes.
* The launch was initially delayed a day for the reconfirmation of the safety of one of the components of the Crew Dragon capsule’s environmental control and life support system.
* The capsule will take about 29 hours to catch up with the ISS, with a planned docking at around 8:50 a.m. ET on Sunday.
* The Crew-7 mission is planned to last six months and includes dozens of science experiments.

Crew details: Four astronauts, including two first-time space travellers, are onboard for this mission.
* The crew comprises mission commander and NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furakawa, and Russian cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov.
* This marks the first spaceflight for Moghbeli and Borisov, while Mogensen and Furakawa are on their second mission.

State of play: This launch marks the 11th time SpaceX has sent humans to space.
* The last NASA mission, Crew-6, which launched in March, is still docked to the ISS and is due to return to Earth five days after the arrival of Crew-7.
* The Crew Dragon spacecraft used for this mission, named Endurance, has previously flown to the ISS twice, spending a total of 333 days in space.

First time success: This mission saw a new Falcon 9 booster carrying the crew to space for the first time.
* The first stage of the Falcon 9 booster successfully landed back at Cape Canaveral, sending a sonic boom across parts of Central Florida.

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