Crew Dragon suceesfully docked to ISS, the Space Station welcomed Spacex Crew Dragon

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Crew Dragon suceesfully docked to ISSNASA-SpaceX partnered astronaut capsule, Crew Dragon successfully docked to the International Space Station on Sunday after making 18 orbits around Earth since its launch.

“Capture confirmed! After making 18 orbits of Earth since its launch, @SpaceX’s #CrewDragon spacecraft successfully attached to the @Space_Station via “soft capture” at 5:51 am ET while the station was travelling just north of New Zealand,” NASA tweeted after the docking.

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The commercially built spacecraft’s launch on Saturday was hailed as a major step towards resuming manned space flights. With no crew aboard but a mannequin named Ripley, this capsule is scheduled to return to Earth by Friday next week.

Furthermore, NASA plans on putting two astronauts on board by the end of the year if the test goes smoothly.

“The @SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docked to the @Space_Station for the first time today. The spacecraft, designed to fly astronauts, is attached to the station’s Harmony module as Earth rotates below,” NASA Commercial Crew Programme tweeted on Sunday.

US President Donald Trump had earlier congratulated the team on Crew Dragon’s launch, stating, “We’ve got NASA “rocking” again. Great activity and success. Congrats to SPACEX and all!”

At around 8.07am ET the crew members opened the hatch between Crew Dragon and International Space Station. Jim Bridenstine of NASA shared a video of this on his twitter.

The astronauts on the International Space station welcomed the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in a ceremony abroad the station. NASA astronaut Anne McClain said from inside Crew Dragon, “Welcome to a new era in human spaceflight.

 

Source: ANI

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