NASA astronauts describe their historic SpaceX ride to International Space Station

02 Juin, 2020, 04:06 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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The Space Exploration Company's Crew Dragon, with two NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard, docked at the International Space Station's Harmony Port at 10:16 am ET on Sunday after a 19-hour journey, NASA confirmed.

Crew Dragon is expected to remain docked with the ISS for at least a month, and while the exact length of its stay is yet to be decided, the spacecraft used for Demo-2 is capable of remaining in orbit for 110 days.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley (right) and Bob Behnken (second right) after boarding the International Space Station, where they were welcomed by fellow astronaut and Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy (center) and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin (left) and Ivan Vagner (second left).

This is SpaceX's final test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Program and will provide critical data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations.

Compared to the high drama of the launch on Saturday, the docking may have seemed like a slow burn. The mission duration is still to be determined, but once concluded Hurley and Behnken will climb back into the capsule and have it autonomously undock and make its way back to Earth.

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But because they were traveling at similar speeds, cameras on board the station made it appear as if Crew Dragon was inching along.

The aim of the mission is to demonstrate SpaceX's ability to ferry astronauts to the space station and back safely.

It was the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried astronauts to the orbiting lab in its almost 20 years.

SpaceX's missions to the moon and Mars suffered a setback last week, however, when a fourth Starship prototype rocket exploded in a giant fireball shortly after ignition of a static test.

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