SpaceX launches rocket carrying astronauts to the International Space Station

SpaceX launched its second operational mission Friday morning.

The four astronauts, two of whom are American, one is Japanese, and the other French, took off in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. They took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida before 6 a.m.

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The group is expected to spend six months aboard the International Space Station after its capsule docks Saturday morning. It will not leave the station to return to Earth before Halloween, per SpaceX’s website.

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