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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docks onto the ISS

Crew Dragon successfully docks onto the ISS

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docks onto the ISS. The docking at the front port of the Harmony module took place with only one minute delay over schedule. The opening of the hatches between the Resilience and the ISS is worth to see.

Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Soichi Noguchi and Shannon Walker thus became members of the ISS crew, which will be their home for the next six months. Also entering the ISS was a stuffed Yoda baby that they used as an extra indicator that they were in orbit.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docks onto the ISS. They are joined by Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov from Roscosmos and Kate Rubins from NASA, bringing the Station back to a crew of seven.

This is Glover’s first visit to the International Space Station. This is, in fact, the first mission of his career. Glover is also the first black person to carry out a long-term mission on the Station.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docks onto the ISS. For NASA, and especially for SpaceX, this is another milestone in demonstrating that commercial space missions are not only viable but also cheaper than launches made by the agency. We must not forget that this is the mission that marks the entry into service of the Crew Dragon as a crew transport ship to the ISS.