SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was sidelined from the historic Crew Dragon launch on Sunday at Kennedy Space Center by COVID-19.
Musk revealed on the eve of the launch that he “very likely” had a moderate case of the coronavirus, despite mixed results. He has been replaced in his official duties at the Kennedy Space Center by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell. She joined NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine for last minute remarks and photos with the astronauts ahead of the launch.
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The head of SpaceX tweeted a heart shortly after launch.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft took off from Launch Complex 39A at 7:27 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The six-month mission is the first rotational crew flight on a U.S. commercial spacecraft.
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The Crew-1 mission transports NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon vehicle. It follows a successful Demo-2 mission with SpaceX earlier this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.