SpaceX launches Crew-4 astronauts to space station on a Dragon named Freedom

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched its fourth astronaut mission to the International Space Station for NASA before dawn Wednesday, bringing the company’s total crewed flight tally to seven.

The new SpaceX Dragon capsule Freedom carrying the Crew-4 astronauts lifted off from historic Launch Pad 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket today (April 27) at 3:52 am EDT (0752 GMT). The Dragon and its four passengers — NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines and Jessica Watkins and the European Space Agency’s Samantha Cristoforetti — are scheduled to dock with the ISS around 8:15 pm EDT tonight (0015 GMT on April 28).

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