SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch and ISS Docking in Pictures

Mindy Sparks
March 7, 2019

The company's Crew Dragon spacecraft headed to space atop one of its own Falcon 9 rockets early Saturday morning in the first true test of the crew module that will soon ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon docking went smooth, allaying safety concerns.

If this six-day test flight goes well, a Dragon capsule could take two NASA astronauts to the orbiting outpost this summer.

During their mission, the station crew will take part in about 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth to advance scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences, NASA said.

This mission was to demonstrate that astronauts can be sent off into space. They rushed there from Florida after watching the Dragon rocket into orbit early Saturday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Mythical beast will disengage itself from the space station next Friday and sprinkle down in the Atlantic Ocean, its plummet hindered by four parachutes.

Crew Dragon on the launch pad
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The profitable launch was a really huge deal for each SpaceX and NASA, which desperately wants a brand new technique to get its scientists to the ISS with out counting on Russian rocket launches, but it surely wasn't the one massive take a look at of Crew Dragon this weekend.

The capsule successfully separated from the rocket about 11 minutes later, sparking cheers in the control room, and began its journey to the space station. According to a recent statement from Musk at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, "People have gone to space station on Soyuz", which is in reference to the very small amount of Russian civilians who have paid between $20-$40 million to travel to Russia's "Soyuz" spacecraft. SpaceX named the dummy Replay, a reference to the famous protagonist of the Alien movie franchise. This feat was accomplished at 5:51 a.m. ET. The spacecraft additionally docked with the Worldwide House Station and, for the primary time ever, astronauts bought an opportunity to discover it in area.

The capsule was also configured to remain attached to the ISS for the duration of its stay.

NASA hopes to certify SpaceX to fly crewed missions to ISS before the end of the year. "To be frank, I am a little emotionally exhausted because it was super stressful". And, a new show that explores how we do, what we do ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA!

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