Astronaut capsule set to dock with space station

01 Juin, 2020, 09:22 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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After reaching orbit, Behnken and Hurley announced that they had named their capsule Endeavor.

The docking occurred just 19 hours after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Saturday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, the nation's first astronaut launch to orbit from home soil in almost a decade.

Behnken and Hurley were scheduled to open hatches and enter the ISS around 12:45 p.m.

Speaking at the iconic Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the flawless SpaceX launch, Trump vowed that U.S. astronauts would return to the Moon in 2024 "to establish a permanent presence and a launching pad to Mars".

This will mark another nail-biting test for SpaceX and NASA, with the Crew Dragon to fly through Earth's atmosphere and make a splashdown off the coast of Florida.

SpaceX's astronaut-riding Dragon capsule docked at the International Space Station on Sunday, just hours after a historic liftoff from Florida.

Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin also offered his congratulations to both NASA and Elon Musk, the boss of the private aerospace company SpaceX that built the Crew Dragon capsule.

It's a burgeoning, new era in spaceflight.

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At one point, the webcast host mentioned that Crew Dragon was moving a fraction of a meter per second toward its destination.

But because they were traveling at similar speeds, cameras on board the station made it appear as if Crew Dragon was inching along. NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission was underway. The mission was initially supposed to be launched on May 27 but was delayed due to poor weather conditions at the last minute.

Nasa's flight managers in Houston had welcoming words for the crew after assuming control of Behnken and Hurley's mission following Endeavour's docking. "I want to complement the teams at Hawthorne".

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans into orbit from Florida on Saturday in a landmark mission marking the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years.

Russian Federation has lost its long-held monopoly as the only country able to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station following the flawless manned launch by U.S. company SpaceX. But its Starliner spacecraft encountered significant problems during a test mission without crews late a year ago and had to cut that flight short.

For almost a decade, NASA has bought seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to reach the International Space Station, which was built with roughly $200 billion of USA taxpayer's money, according to some estimates. "We're going to stay vigilant until we bring them safely home". It was the first time a private company put a human into orbit.

The craft is an "exciting ride", and "not like the simulator", Brehnken said as the capsule was linked up to the space station.

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