SpaceX Dragon capsule docks with International Space Station

Pablo Tucker
June 1, 2020

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken reported that the capsule was performing beautifully, as they closed in for the docking. President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence were present to witness the historic launch.

It was also the first time NASA has launched a crewed mission from United States soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.

It was a 19-hour journey for the two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, to the International Space Station.

The American astronauts clambered from the SpaceX Crew Dragon into the ISS around 12.30am Monday morning after a nineteen-hour voyage. Johnson Center Director Mark Geyer, International Space Station Program Deputy Manager Kenneth Todd, NASA Commercial Crew Program Deputy Manager Steve Stich, and NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren also will participate in the live media briefing broadcast on NASA Television and the agency's website. Automating this process is said to save time and effort on behalf of the astronauts.

"This is an incredible time to be at Nasa ... new vehicles to be flown, continuing missions in lower earth orbit and then to the moon and Mars".

After that, Musk said: "The trampoline is working", and laughed together with the head of NASA. The maximum stay will be will be 110 days due to concerns about how the Crew Dragon's solar panels will hold up in the challenging conditions of space. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has described this part of the mission as his "biggest concern", according to Business Insider, owing to an asymmetrical design of the spaceship and a minor chance of rotation as it flies through the atmosphere at many times the speed of sound.

The mission is expected to last anything between one and four months, with a number of tests being performed on the Dragon.

The Falcon 9 took off from the same launch pad used by NASA's final space shuttle flight, piloted by Hurley, in 2011.

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