The private company SpaceX sent this Sunday its first manned operational mission to the International Space Station (ISS), after the successful and timely launch from Cape Canaveral (Florida) of a reusable Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule on top.

At about 7:40 p.m. local time (00:40 GMT Monday), the capsule, called Resilience, was finally in orbit toward the ISS with four astronauts inside, Americans Shannon Walker, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover, and Japanese Soichi Noguchi, and after separating from the Falcon 9 rocket, a portion of which successfully descended on an Atlantic platform.

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