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It turns out two falcons will make SpaceX’s next crewed mission to the International Space Station a reality.

A chartered Dassault Falcon 900 jet flew into Kennedy Space Center’s former Shuttle Landing Facility on Sunday, dropping off astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi for the next phase of their launch preparations. NASA’s own Gulfstream jet was unavailable due to scheduled inspections.

The astronauts’ next ride: a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule, currently slated for liftoff from pad 39A at 7:49 p.m. Saturday.

Despite winds and sporadic rains caused by the outer bands of Tropical Storm Eta, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard, and KSC Director Bob Cabana were still able to hold a welcoming briefing on the flightline.

“It feels really good to be here,” Crew-1 mission commander Mike Hopkins said. “We’re