Three American and Japanese astronauts launched a mission to the International space station (ISS), riding the capsule bound to space.

The capsule was provided by the SpaceX company as the crew rode for their location.

It is the firm’s second time to supply such a service. The astronauts heading for the station are named Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and the highly experienced Japanese space agency (Jaxa) astronaut, Soichi Noguchi.

Noguchi becomes the first person in history to leave the earth in three different types of Space shuttles.

They left for space from Kennedy space center In a falcon rocket with a dragon named capsule on Monday at 00:27 GMT.

Joe Biden, also tweeted in congratulating the team, writing “Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on today’s launch. It’s a testament to the power of science and what we can accomplish by harnessing our innovation, ingenuity, and determination. I join all Americans and the people of Japan in wishing the astronauts Godspeed on their journey.”

SpaceX has signed contracts with Nasa valued in excess of $3bn (£2.3bn) to develop, test, and fly an astronaut taxi service, as a demonstration two astronauts were taken to ISS and returned safely in May of 2020.

The astronauts are missioned to stay in the ISS for six months. They are reported to have four spacewalks; on one of their walks, they will install a British antenna the ColKa communications terminal, the first UK industrial contribution to the platform.

This device enables astronauts to connect with scientists and family on Earth at home broadband speeds.

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.