SpaceX on Friday successfully launched four astronauts en route to the international space station.
The Falcon 9 launched at 5:49 a.m ET Friday morning, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew is expected to reach the International Space Station Saturday at 5:10 a.m. ET.
Flying in the craft were Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet of France.
The astronauts are expected to spend six months conducting experiments and maintenance aboard the space station before returning to Earth, according to Reuters. They will join four other astronauts that are currently at the International Space Station that are due to return home on April 28.
Friday’s flight is the third launched into orbit under NASA’s public-private partnership with SpaceX, Reuters noted.
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WATCH: Spectacular pre-dawn SpaceX rocket launch carries 4 astronauts to International Space Station