CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA, less than two days after completing a flight chartered by millionaires. The Falcon rocket blasted off before dawn Wednesday from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The crew includes the first Black woman making a long-term spaceflight, NASA’s Jessica Watkins. Also on board: the European Space Agency’s lone female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy. It’s the first time NASA has sent up a crew comprised equally of men and women. They should reach the space station Wednesday night.
Photo: NASA “Crew4” astronauts, from left, mission specialist, Jessica Watkins, pilot Bob Hines, commander, Kjell Lindgren and mission specialist, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, of Italy, arrive at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP Photo/John Raoux)