Astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is a mission specialist for Crew-1, the first operational SpaceX Crew Dragon mission. Sam Friedman/SpaceX

SpaceX launched its first long-term astronaut mission for NASA on Sunday, blasting a crew of four into orbit.

Soichi Noguchi, one of those astronauts, said Crew Dragon is “the best” spacecraft he’s ever flown.

Noguchi is only the third person ever to fly on three different spaceships: Crew Dragon, NASA’s Space Shuttle, and Russia’s Soyuz.  

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Soichi Noguchi knows his way around a spaceship — several, in fact. 

The 55-year-old Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut will have spent more than a year of his life

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