Elon Musk's aerospace company SpaceX showed the world their four astronauts, along with the space craft they will travel in, in what will be one of the first privately-launched space flights from Cape Canaveral, United States.

The Crew Dragon capsule is SpaceX's bid for NASA's competitive Commercial Crew program. The development period is ending as SpaceX and Boeing prepare for test flights and will mark a return for astronaut launches from US soil since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.

The astronauts are, from left to right: Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover. Photo: NASA

They are part of a team of nine astronauts, whom NASA announced assignments for on August 3, to travel to the International Space Station. Five will take flight on board Boeing’s Starliner CST-100, and four to SpaceX flights.

SpaceX along with Boeing won multi-billion dollar contracts in 2014 to build and test the capsules, reported CNBC.

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