It’s SpaceX’s first private charter flight to the orbiting lab after two years of carrying astronauts there for NASA.
The team will carry out scientific research projects, including ageing in space, experiments with stem cells, and a technology demonstration of a self-assembling spacecraft.
Russian official says future of International Space Station uncertain amid sanctions from stakeholders
The head of Russia's Roscosmos state agency told reporters on Saturday morning that the agency was preparing a report on the prospects of international cooperation at the station.
Roscosmos said that the sanctions could disrupt the operation of Russian vessels servicing the ISS which could cause the structure to fall.
Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and his producer Yozo Hirano were the first self-paying tourists to visit the space station since 2009.
Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and producer Yozo Hirano are the first self-paying tourists to visit the space station since 2009.
The space station and its crew of seven have been at increased risk from space junk since Russia destroyed a satellite in a missile test two weeks ago.
A Russian rocket blasted off successfully on Wednesday to deliver a new docking module to the International Space Station.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also charged that it is hypocrisy to say that Russia creates risks for peaceful activities in space.
Among the upbeat milestones: four spacewalks to enhance the station's solar power, a movie-making visit by a Russian film crew and the first-ever space harvest of chile peppers.
The capsule, descending under a red-and-white striped parachute after entering Earth's atmosphere, landed upright in the steppes of Kazakhstan on schedule at 0435 GMT Sunday.
Yusaku Maezawa is set to rocket to space on Dec. 8 on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft together with producer Yozo Hirano who will film his mission and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin.
The all-amateur crew, traveling in a SpaceX capsule, was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut.
Elon Musk is the third billionaire to launch this summer, following the brief space-skimming flights by Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson and Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos in July.
Russia's space agency Roscosmos said the incident took place in the Russian-built Zvezda module and occurred as the station's batteries were being recharged.