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SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launch to the International Space Station. Photo: Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images

The second operational SpaceX spacecraft carrying four astronauts for a six-month mission arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday morning.

The big picture: The Crew Dragon spacecraft "Endeavour," which launched on a Falcon 9 rocket Friday, docked autonomously with the ISS at 5:22 a.m. ET, joining another Crew Dragon spacecraft, "Resilience."

  • This is the first time that SpaceX is reusing both a rocket and a capsule, which were used to launch the Crew-1 mission that arrived in November.
  • This is the third time SpaceX has launched people to space for NASA, Axios' Miriam Kramer notes.
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Details: The spacecraft aligned itself and moved directly to dock in one of the station's ports.

  • The Crew-2 mission consists of NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and the European Space Agency's Thomas Pesquet.
  • The total number of astronauts in the International Space Station is now 11, but four of the crew members are scheduled to fly back to Earth next week.

The Crew-2 mission will focus on research with "small models of human organs containing multiple cell types that behave much the same as they do in the body," which NASA says will hopefully help develop drugs and vaccines, CNN reports.

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Miriam Kramer, author of Space
Apr 23, 2021 - Science

SpaceX launches crew of four to the International Space Station

The rocket launches from Florida. Photo: NASA TV

Four astronauts took flight to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon early Friday morning.

The big picture: This marks the third time SpaceX has launched people to space for NASA, helping the space agency end its reliance on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft and rocket for trips to the space station.

Momentum builds to ban lawmakers from trading stocks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some progressive Democrats and MAGA Republicans are uniting on a proposal to ban sitting lawmakers from trading individual stocks, although it's unlikely that leadership will bring the bill up for a vote.

Why it matters: Members of Congress have great power to move stock prices, and great financial incentives to do so.

Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm was lashing much of the East Coast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: The Weather Prediction Center said in a storm summary Monday that winter storm warnings are still in effect for portions of the Central Appalachians, Ohio Valley, interior Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, while portions of the Central Appalachians and coastal New England are under high wind warnings.