SpaceX launch: meet the four astronauts set to blast into space

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    An international team of four astronauts will take their places inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule for a six-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS): Americans Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and, representing the European Space Agency, France’s Thomas Pesquet.

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