NASA, SpaceX in Historic Trip to The ISS

Yolanda Curtis
June 1, 2020

The SpaceX Crew Dragon docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday for a historic crewed mission.

The duo entered the ISS at 1:02 pm Eastern Time (1702 GMT) Wearing black polo shirts and khaki trousers.

The Dragon crew capsule lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral
Camera Icon The Dragon crew capsule lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Credit John Raoux AP

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

It was awesome and picture-perfect, as the 2 US astronauts hitched their space capsule onto the International Space Station.


Both are now official affiliates of the Expedition 63 crew. The automated docking capability of the Crew Dragon is a significant upgrade for the space vehicle since its predecessor, SpaceX's cargo Dragon, didn't have the feature when it arrived at the ISS to deliver food and other supplies. It will take 19 hours for the astronauts to reach the International Space Station.

It is the last major procedure for SpaceX's astronaut carrier, the Crew Dragon, to get authorised by Nasa's Commercial Crew Programme for long-term manned missions to space.


Joshua Kutryk, a space station mission controller for NASA, said: "To our SpaceX colleagues, bravo on a magnificent moment in spaceflight history and on the start of a new journey that has changed the face of space travel in this new era of space transportation". Just before liftoff, Hurley said, "SpaceX, we're go for launch".

Since this is a test flight of the spacecraft, Hurley and Doug took manual control of the spacecraft near the station to test the vehicle's controls before letting the computer take over for the final docking sequence. 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.


Behnken said both toys would return to Earth with them at mission's end. The two trained for spacewalks at Johnson Space Center before their flight.

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