CONTEXT: Recently NASA launched its first full-fledged human mission (CREW-1) using a privately owned spacecraft.

About CREW-1 Mission:

  • It is part of NASA’s first commercial human spacecraft system with a crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), onboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft called Resilience.
  • It is the first of 6 crewed missions that NASA and SpaceX will operate as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).
  • ISS is a multi-nation construction project that is the largest single structure humans ever put into space. o It is a large spacecraft which orbits around Earth and is a platform for long-term research for human health.
  1. Main partner countries include NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), the European Space Agency, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
  2. Current plans call for the space station to be operated through at least 2024.

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