RE-WATCH: Flawless SpaceX launch with 4 astronauts from Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX Crew Launch
Posted at 5:00 AM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 07:27:18-04

SpaceX has launched its third crew in under a year for NASA, this time using a recycled rocket and capsule.

A Falcon rocket carrying four astronauts blasted into orbit early Friday morning from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

The Dragon capsule should reach the International Space Station on Saturday.

The four astronauts, representing the U.S., Japan and France, were supposed to fly to the International Space Station on Thursday. But liftoff was delayed because of poor weather offshore.

SpaceX's Dragon capsule requires calm waves and winds in case an emergency splashdown is needed on the climb to orbit.

For the first time, Elon Musk's company is using a recycled capsule and rocket to launch astronauts. The capsule launched with SpaceX's first crew last May, and the rocket hoisted the second crew in November.