ISS crew officially welcomes SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

ISS crew officially welcomes SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule”

NASA says Expedition 58 capped off its busy weekend with additional outfitting for the SpaceX Crew Dragon, which had only completed its hard dock to the International Space Station Sunday morning as part of the Demo-1 uncrewed flight test.

Expedition 58 crew members Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques and Oleg Konenenko welcome the SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station after a successful docking on March 3, 2019, ushering in the era of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. It will be slowed by four parachutes, in what is the one of the mission's riskiest stages.The launch is a key step towards resuming manned space flights from U.S. soil after an eight-year break. It was the first time a spacecraft has docked with the adapter since it was installed in August 2016. The rocket will be performing a six-day demonstration mission that could lead into astronauts being sent to the International Space Station if the mission proves successful. It pays Russian Federation to get its people up to the ISS orbiting research facility at a cost of $82 million per head for a round trip.

SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk: "SpaceX would not be here without NASA - without the incredible work that was done before SpaceX even started, and without the support after SpaceX did start". The trial of American Space Agency NASA and SpaceX owner Alan Musk is very important to succeed. We've got to focus on getting this right, for sure. "Congrats to SPACEX and all!"

Since 2017, one of NASA's official missions has been to return to the Moon.

INSKEEP: The living astronauts in the space station marked its arrival. "We're looking forward to being one of many customers in a robust commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

At the same time, the astronauts now on board the ISS kept a close watch to make sure the Crew Dragon performed as expected - U.S astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jaques were the ones in charge of commanding the Crew Dragon to hold, retreat to abort the mission altogether, if anything went wrong.

At the post-launch press conference on Saturday, he reiterated his dream for a permanent Moon base - and sending people to Mars.

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