SpaceX launches crew capsule to return astronauts home

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida on Tuesday and carried the spacecraft Dragon to the International Space Station, where it will bring back four astronauts from their 200-day mission.

The launch was from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It carried three astronauts aboard the ISS; including one American, one Russian and one Canadian.

They left the station more than a week ago, and were scheduled to make their way back to Earth just before 5 p.m. ET, roughly one year after their last flight.

In January 2017, the crew of SpaceX’s Dragon carried Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to tweet from space; Doug Hurley, who became the first American military pilot to walk in space; and current commander, Sunita Williams.

The capsule ferried new supplies, including an experiment to study how fruit flies react to spaceflight and some other experiments to learn more about the environment and viability of microgravity and microgravity habitats, among other things.

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