SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts (from left) Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi walked out from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 15 and headed to Launch Complex 39A. Their Crew Dragon capsule Resilience lifted off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:27 p.m. EST to begin a six-month mission at the International Space Station.

Credit: Kim Shiflett/NASA

It was supposed to be the space shuttle’s job to provide routine, low-cost access to space, and though the program accomplished wondrous feats including building the International Space Station, it fell well short of that mark. On Nov. 15, the U.S. started anew, launching four astronauts aboard a…

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