SpaceX successfully launches, docks first operational crew to ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with ISS - Xinhua |

It's not the first time SpaceX astronauts have chose to take a little mascot with them, as earlier this year NASA's Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took a sparkly toy dinosaur along with them for the ride. After the launch phase, however, the four-member crew introduced the Crew Dragon spacecraft's fifth passenger: Baby Yoda.

"Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on a successful flight to the International Space Station (ISS) for the Crew-1 mission", said Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairwoman Kendra Horn (D-OK).

Victor Glover on Sunday become the 1st Black astronaut to arrive at space station for long-term stay. They will be part of the station's crew until April, when their replacements arrive on another Dragon capsule.

"The last 27 hours have gone really smooth actually", Hopkins said after boarding the space station. After carrying out a number of safety checks and a welcome party in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the team will work on scientific trials and maintenance.

The launch was celebrated by NASA and SpaceX representatives at a post-launch conference on Sunday. "The big achievement here is that we are now moving away from development and testing and into operational flights".

This will be a new era for space travel. It successfully caught the Falcon 9 booster on a drone ship called "Just Read the Instructions" that was located in the Atlantic Ocean.

Crew-2 is scheduled to launch in March 2021 and will once again carry four astronauts. Its launch vehicle is a reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Flying SpaceX, NASA will save about $ 25 million per seat.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space agency, has also repeatedly mocked SpaceX's technology, telling a state news agency he was unimpressed with the Crew Dragon's "rather rough" water landing and saying his agency was developing a methane rocket that can be reused 100 times. He also chose a little R2-D2 toy to serve as the zero-g indicator for his launch back in 2015 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. And so it is going to go, together with SpaceX - and finally Boeing - transporting astronauts to and from the channel for NASA. The two-pilot test flight before this season lasted two weeks.

It might seem like Baby Yoda has learned to use the force at a very young age and was able to levitate himself off the ground, but in reality, he's just tagging along for SpaceX's journey to the International Space Station.



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