(CNN) –– SpaceX and NASA successfully launched a mission carrying astronauts from various countries to the International Space Station on Wednesday.
The mission, called Crew-5, carries on board the first indigenous woman to travel in space and the first Russian cosmonaut to travel on a US spacecraft in nearly 20 years.
The four crew members – NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina – took off aboard a spacecraft SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft at 12 pm Miami time from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew will spend the day flying freely through orbit before docking with the International Space Station around 5 pm ET this Thursday.
This is the sixth astronaut mission that NASA and SpaceX, a private aerospace company, have jointly launched to the International Space Station.
The flight marks a historic moment for astronaut Nicole Mann, as well as being the first Native American woman to go into space, she will command the mission. Which makes her the first woman to play that role on a SpaceX flight.
One of the historical facts of the mission is that Mann is not only the first Native American woman to travel to space, but she is also the first woman to serve as mission commander, making her the first woman to assume that role for a SpaceX mission.
The crew is expected to spend five months on the International Space Station before returning on a splashdown off the coast of Florida.
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