Dock with four astronauts with the International Space Station — SpaceX-NASA mission

Pablo Tucker
November 21, 2020

You can enjoy that historic mission again with this photo gallery.

The Resilience crew's stay at the orbiting lab is scheduled to be the longest human space mission launched from the US, according to NASA. Sunday's launch marks the successful beginning of an extended mission. Four years And some technical hiccups later onFlexibility has now attached to the International Space Station.

The ship, known as the SpaceX Crew Dragon or Crew-1 for short, moved at a speed of more than 17,000 miles per hour in doing so.

From the universe to your inbox. They will be part of the station's crew until April, when their replacements arrive on another Dragon capsule.

The spacecraft, named Resilience, docked at 11:01 p.m.

"The last 27 hours have gone really smooth actually", Hopkins said after boarding the space station. In a live video telecast of SpaceX's Crew Dragon mission, a little Baby Yoda could be spotted in the capsule, floating about the astronauts. They are expected to spend the next six months at the station.

For Sunday's launch, NASA kept guests to a minimum because of coronavirus, and even Musk had to stay away after tweeting that he "most likely" had an infection. "This is a great day for the United States of America and a great day for Japan", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Indeed, given how some private sector players-largely US-based-are already working on developing manned flight capabilities for the solar orbit, including interplanetary travel, India has a lot of catching up to do if it is to continue to flex the space muscle that Isro operations have developed for it. "It's the start of a new era". It was launched after the success of the test mission Demo-2 which, with two astronauts on board, took off last May for the ISS and returned to Earth without incident on 2 August.

Crew-2 is scheduled to launch in March 2021 and will once again carry four astronauts.

Of course, Baby Yoda was also used to make sure the force is with the crew...

Through smoke, the first stage of Falcon 9 aboard a drone in the Atlantic Ocean.

This is not the first time that a Falcon 9 rocket has transported the Crew Dragon spacecraft into space. Rubins, Glover, Hopkins and Walker are all NASA astronauts.

The launch of Crew 1 is one of the biggest launches in modern history. Until recently, NASA was purchasing flights on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

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