International Space Station Commander Chris Cassidy has spoken out about the significance of the imminent SpaceX launch, which will be the first crewed mission from US soil in nine years. Chris Cassidy is going into quarantine—but for a NASA astronaut preparing to launch to the International Space Station, that’s just part of the routine.

International Space Station Commander Chris Cassidy talks to Tony Dokoupil as he prepares to welcome the first astronauts to launch from U.S. soil since the end of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. A post shared by Chris Cassidy (@astro_seal) on Apr 7, 2020 at 12:12pm PDT Cassidy has since traveled to Baikonur Cosmodrome and gone through the regular quarantine procedures. The York native will spend several days on the International Space Station with fellow Mainer Jessica Meir. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner docked with the space station at 1413 GMT (10:13 a.m. EDT) Thursday. Maine astronaut Chris Cassidy ready for launch.