SpaceX launches first all-private citizen mission to orbit

Will Smoot

September 16, 2021

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Four private astronauts depart from Kennedy Space Center aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon, will spend three days in orbit around Earth.

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Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket is mated with the Cygnus spacecraft in preparation for it’s Aug. 10 launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Photo credit: NASA/Patrick Black

What's On Board NG-16

Ahead of the August 10th launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares Rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, NASA hosts a media briefing highlighting the science being carried aboard the S.S. Ellison Onizuka.

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Northrop Grumman's Minotaur I rocket lifts a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on June 15, 2021.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

Minotaur I delivers NROL-111's classified payload to orbit

The National Reconnaissance Office returns to Virginia's Eastern Shore in June 2021, launching atop the Minotaur I rocket.

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Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft lift off from Launchpad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia on October 2, 2020.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

Cygnus 'Kalpana Chawla' launches from Virginia

Northrop Grumman's fourteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission lifts off from Wallops Island, delivering close to 8,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and consumables to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on the first US Commercial Crew spaceflight.  Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space

SpaceX DEMO-2 is Away

After a 9-year hiatus, Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A once again provides the jumping-off point to human spaceflight, as SpaceX's Demo-2 mission ushers in a new era of commercial spaceflight.

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