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A new era for space travel? SpaceX makes history with first crewed mission


We're turning our eye to the skies above us: more specifically, to 400 km above Planet Earth, where a 27-hour voyage to the International Space Station is due to come to an end soon. In NASA's first fully crewed space mission to be launched from US soil in nine years, four astronauts are heading to the ISS to join two Russians and one American who flew out there last month from Kazakhstan.


The mission is significant for a number of reasons: not least because it is a rare piece of exciting, uplifting news in what has been a difficult year for so many of us, but also because it is the first of a series of taxi flights conducted for NASA by a private company: namely SpaceX, which is owned by the Tesla founder Elon Musk. 

>> SpaceX launch: French astronaut Thomas Pesquet hails 'milestone' in exploiting ISS

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz. 

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