SpaceX is in the process of sending four astronauts to the ISS for a six-month stay

By Leah Crane

The mission members of Crew-1

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SpaceX is preparing to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for the second time, an accomplishment that brings private crew member launches from a novelty to a regular event into space.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft is expected to take off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 15.

The capsule will carry four astronauts: three from NASA and one from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) – the first astronaut from one of NASA’s international partners to fly with SpaceX. Once they have reached the ISS, their …