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First Regular Manned Crew Dragon Mission to Lift Off on 31 October, NASA Says

© REUTERS / Joe SkipperA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken lifts off during NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 30, 2020.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken lifts off during NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 30, 2020. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The first operational flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon with four astronauts aboard will take place on 31 October, NASA said in a press release.

"NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 2:40 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 31 [06:40 GMT], for the launch of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station", NASA said.

The spacecraft will carry Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, and mission specialist Shannon Walker, all from NASA, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission specialist Soichi Noguchi for a six-month science mission.

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