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.
Watkins reflected on the significance of her achievement during an interview with NPR.
"I think it really is just a tribute to the legacy of the Black women astronauts that have come before me, as well as to the exciting future ahead," she said.
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.