CBS News reported the launch as follows…

“Despite deteriorating East-West relations, a Russian cosmonaut joined two NASA crewmates and a Japanese space veteran for launch aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Wednesday, kicking off a day-long flight to the International Space Station.

Wearing futuristic SpaceX pressure suits, Anna Kikina, Russia’s only active-duty female cosmonaut, Crew 5 Dragon commander Nicole Mann, pilot Josh Cassada and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center atop a Falcon 9 rocket at noon Eastern.

Vaulting skyward atop 1.7 million pounds of thrust, the Falcon 9 arced away to the northeast trailing a brilliant jet of flame from its nine first stage engines, smoothly accelerating as it consumed propellants and lost weight.”

Please refer to NASA’s live update using the following link…

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