Baby Yoda Goes To Space In SpaceX Capsule

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 10, 2021

The Dragon capsule docked late on Monday night (local time) following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The expanded seven-member Expedition 64 crew with (from left) Flight Engineers Kate Rubins, Victor Glover and Soichi Noguchi, Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineers Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.

"SpaceX and NASA, congratulations, this is a new era of operational flights to the International Space Station from the Florida coast", Hopkins said.

The three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will remain at the orbiting lab until their replacements arrive on another Dragon in April.

"We can't wait to have you on board", she added after the two spacecraft were latched together. A video tweeted by NASA showed the space station crew cheering as they welcomed the newly arrived astronauts, hugging them as they floated through an open hatch.

Earlier this year, SpaceX completed a two-month, two-pilot test flight.

Though SpaceX is reported to have invested a large sum, the scale of the U.S. government funding underscores how crucial public spending is to such engagement; the two companies have received almost $8 billion from NASA for the development of their crew capsules, the Crew Dragon and the Starliner. "It was an wonderful ride".

"We are so excited to be here".

US President-elect Joe Biden hailed the launch on Twitter as a "testament to the power of science and what we can accomplish by harnessing our innovation, ingenuity, and determinationx". while President Donald Trump called it "great". "We are looking forward to the next six months", he said. The first-stage booster even came down for a ideal landing on the SpaceX drone ship after the launch as the Dragon capsule, known as Resilience, continued on toward the station.

The Resilience crew's stay at the orbiting lab is scheduled to be the longest human space mission launched from the USA, according to NASA. The Dragon spacecraft is able to stay in orbit for at least 210 days and delivered more than 500 pounds of cargo and new science hardware and experiments. The toy can be seen in a live-stream from inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon.

The commander of the self-guiding Crew Dragon, Mike Hopkins, announced the arrival to controllers on the ground.

The SpaceX system is expected to serve as a successor to NASA's Space Shuttle program that was in service for 30 years through 2011, its development ending the subsequent years of reliance on the Russian Soyuz vehicle as the sole means of accessing the ISS.

While Nasa has sent more than 300 astronauts into space, only 14 of these have been Black Americans.

"The last 27 hours have gone really smooth actually", Hopkins said after entering the space station.

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