SpaceX fires up rocket ahead of March 1 astronaut launch (photos)

SpaceX just notched another milestone ahead of its next astronaut mission.

The company announced early Tuesday morning (Feb. 27) that it had conducted a static fire test with the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the Crew-8 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. Static fires are common prelaunch trials in which a rocket’s engines are ignited briefly while the vehicle is anchored to the pad.