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Dragon docks at International Space Station 19 hours after NASA-SpaceX launch

Dragon docks at International Space Station 19 hours after NASA-SpaceX launch”

The expedition by NASA's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken marks almost a decade since the US last participated in space travel and Space X's first successful launch with humans.

They quickly claimed the prize left behind at the International Space Station almost a decade ago by the last crew to launch from the U.S. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above the China-Mongolia border.

1 de junio de 2020, 10:11Mexico, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) La Jornada Mexican newspaper issued this Monday an article entitled, 'SpaceX and the privatization of outer space, ' warning of harmful aspects that the private coupling with an global space station may bring about to the sector. It is the first time astronauts or cosmonauts have flown into space aboard a ship not built by a government agency. That includes for NASA's ambitions to put people on the moon in 2024. USA Since the end of 2011 of the NASA space shuttle program.

NASA astronauts for the first time in history have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.

In a 2004 interview with CNN, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discussed his ambitions to partner with NASA and to one day send people into space. But the fact that the cockpit is well designed with touchscreen control system makes it even more fascinating. Just in case, they slipped back into their pressurized launch suits and helmets for the rendezvous.

This automated docking capability is a significant upgrade for the Crew Dragon. Named the Starliner, it failed to reach the ISS in an unmanned test in December past year after experiencing trouble with its flight-control system.

"I think what we're doing is critical to the future of NASA", Musk said at the time.

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The astronauts thanked everyone once the capsule was latched securely to the space station.

For decades, human space travel missions have been largely limited to astronauts and scientists trying to study the different objects around planet Earth and exploring whether or not the outer space can be the new human habitat. These trips were halted in 2010 due to the increase in the International Space Station crew size and they haven't been resumed ever since. He was the pilot of that last spaceship, shuttle Atlantis in July 2011. Boeing's first astronaut flight isn't expected until next year.

If Behnken and Hurley safely return to Earth after up to 110 days aboard the ISS, flag in tow, then SpaceX will have successfully captured the flag. NASA will no longer be the owner and operator of the vehicle but the customer. They also discussed how the spacecraft performed during the mission. According to the astronaut, the Crew Dragon capsule docked with the ISS so smoothly that they didn't feel it happening. NASA had been shelling out tens of millions of dollars for every Soyuz seat. They said the liftoff was pretty bumpy and dynamic, nothing the simulators could have mimicked. But livestream viewers spotted a small, sparkly dinosaur toy on board with Hurley and Behnken as well. The crew will include Chris Ferguson, commander of the last shuttle flight who now works for Boeing.

"He's excited that we're going to get a dog when I get home", said Behnken, whose wife is also an astronaut.

An old-style capsule splashdown is planned.

"The race isn't over until it's over", Behnken told reporters ahead of the launch. "This is hopefully the first step on a journey towards civilization on Mars". Sign up to receive the week's news in space.



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