NASA astronauts describe historic SpaceX ride to International Space Station

03 Juin, 2020, 16:52 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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The NASA astronauts who recently arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule gave their first address from orbit.

Saturday's liftoff also assumes significance as it marks the launch of humans into orbit from U.S. soil for the first time in almost a decade.

The crew will speak from the ISS at 11:15 a.m. ET.

Speaking during a press conference on Monday morning, Behnken said that the first stage of their ascent was smoother than they had experienced on shuttle missions, but described the second stage as "a little rougher".

The following day after the launch, the Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with the ISS, allowing Hurley and Behnken to join the current Expedition 63 crew members of the station. He noted that he and Hurley were talking about the roughness of the ride as the rocket took off.

The Endeavour capsule, which was previously known as capsule 206, made its "soft capture" docking with the ISS at 10:16 am EDT after an nearly 19-hour journey to the orbiting space lab.

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They will be spending several months aboard the ISS, conducting tests not only on the Crew Dragon but also working alongside the rest of the crew.

Panizza, 45, said he took the picture at 10:28 Italian time Sunday night, just a few hours after Behnken and Hurley docked with the ISS.

A ham radio enthusiast from Ahmedabad on Wednesday got a response from SpaceX Crew Dragon's astronauts while trying to connect with International Space Station. He says the experience felt personal as he got a response from Crew Dragon astronaut Douglas Hurley when he got connected.

The arrival completed the first leg of the trip, created to test the capabilities of the Crew Dragon capsule.

Sitharaman said, "ISRO has brought the country many laurels; however, today the private sector is also doing a lot of work in the space arena and a lot of individuals and start-ups have spent a lot of time developing space-related technology but unfortunately due to Indian regulations, they are unable to use ISRO's available facilities for even testing their products". "We had no issues with it".

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