NASA, SpaceX launch 'Crew 3' astronauts to orbit

The SpaceX-built launch vehicle, consisting of a Crew Dragon capsule perched atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, climbed into the night sky from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as its nine Merlin engines roared to life at about 9 p.m (0200 GMT Thursday (November 11)).

The three American astronauts and their European Space Agency crewmate were due to arrive at the space station, orbiting some 250 miles (400 km) above the Earth, on Thursday evening following a flight of about 22 hours.

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