NASA and SpaceX made a successful lift off on Sunday evening of a spacecraft carrying astronauts from the U.S. and Japan for travel to the International Space Station -- marking the start of a major space mission that's been years in the making.
The mission on the Crew Dragon -- a product of Telsa (TSLA) - Get Report honcho Elon Musk's SpaceX company -- took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at around 7:27 p.m. ET, and is being live-streamed.
NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, are aboard the spacecraft. They will stay at the space station for a half year.
NASA said earlier Sunday that the launch was moved up by a day because of onshore winds, and so the space agency and SpaceX would be able recover a "first stage" booster. The booster, said NASA, is planned for reuse in the launch of the Crew-2 mission next year.
By 11 p.m. ET on Monday, the Crew Dragon is expected to dock on the space station.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket were used in the launch, following other earlier trials and missions.
Over the summer, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made a trip in the spacecraft and returned on Aug. 2, after a May 31 hook up with the space station. That mission was widely seen as a major step in the emerging commercial partnership with the U.S. aeronautics and space agency and companies such as SpaceX and Boeing (BA) - Get Report.
That earlier trip followed SpaceX's previous mission of docking on the space station using an unmanned Crew Dragon spacecraft.