SpaceX-NASA mission: Four astronauts to dock with International Space Station

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 17, 2020

Four astronauts from SpaceX's newly launched capsule gave an inside tour live on NASA TV on Monday as they closed in on the International Space Station, their new home until spring.

On Sunday, November 15, 2020, SpaceX's Crew-1 mission launched its first operational flight of their new Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The mission, which followed a successful test flight by SpaceX earlier this year with two astronauts, is the first in the history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration with a full crew ferried by a commercial transporter.

It's not the first time SpaceX astronauts have brought a plush friend with them on board.

The three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will remain at the orbiting lab until their replacements arrive on another Dragon capsule in April. Astronauts Soichi Noguchi, Mike Hopkins, and Shannon Walker - all spaceflight veterans - commemorated Glover's milestone with the gift of a small, golden pin, continuing a decades-old tradition. Though more than a dozen Black Americans have travelled to space since Guion Bluford became the first to do so in 1983, Mr Glover will be the first to become a full-time crew member on the ISS.

As they prepared for the space station linkup, the Dragon crew beamed down live window views of New Zealand and a brilliant blue, cloud-streaked Pacific 400km below.

"It was a very nice night onboard Resilience", Hopkins replied from the capsule, traveling in orbit at roughly 17,500 miles (28,160 km) per hour.

Walker said it was a little tighter for them than for the two astronauts on the test flight.

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