NASA astronauts describe 'smooth' docking after SpaceX launch

03 Juin, 2020, 22:23 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • NASA astronauts describe historic SpaceX ride to International Space Station

United States astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken started their journey towards the ISS from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 p.m. EDT (19:22 GMT) on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and successfully reached entered the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday. He told Nasa TV viewers that Tremor and Earthy, a globe that was delivered to ISS on the test flight of Dragon previous year, would return to Earth with them at the end of the mission.

Space station commander Chris Cassidy used the ship's bell on the orbiting lab to start the day's trading.

"We were both commenting on it as we were going uphill", he explained.

Hurley noted that the Merlin engine generated some turbulence within the motor vehicle.

SpaceX may be riding high after the first-ever astronaut launch of its Crew Dragon spacecraft at the weekend, but there's little time for rest.

The PUNCH reports that the rocket piloted by veteran NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard blasted off on Saturday and entered the International Space Station on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey. "It's really transformational when you come into space, look back at our planet and see how fragile it is, and see how thin the atmosphere is".

Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman lauded Behnken and Hurley for their SpaceX flight success.

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"It is truly a pivotal moment in the development of the space economy and a new era of private human spaceflight", Friedman said.

United States billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX company built the Dragon module that lifted off from the Florida spaceport on May 30, after days of delay. SpaceX has been flying uncrewed cargo ships to the station for NASA since 2012.

Demo-2 astronauts with ISS crew.

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. Boeing's first crewed flight is expected in 2021.

"We didn't feel the docking - it's so smooth, and we docked", Hurley stated.

SpaceX's Starlink mission today has a launch window of 9:25 PM EDT (6:25 PM PDT) and includes a payload of 60 more satellites for the constellation, which already has 420 operating in low Earth orbit.

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