SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks on the ISS

Posted by The King Slayer 2019 years ago in News
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SpaceX's new crew capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, acing its second milestone in just over a day.

The Dragon capsule, whose only passenger was a life-size test dummy, dubbed Ripley after the lead character in the 'Alien' movies, was launched on Saturday from Cape Canaveral on its first test flight.

Three station astronauts had front-row seats as the sleek, white vessel neatly docked and became the first American-made, designed-for-crew spacecraft to pull up in eight years.

TV cameras on Dragon as well as the space station provided stunning views of one another throughout the rendezvous.

If the six-day demo goes well, SpaceX could launch two astronauts this summer under NASA's commercial crew program.

Both astronauts - Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken - were at SpaceX Mission Control in Southern California, observing all the action. They rushed there from Florida after watching the Dragon rocket into orbit early Saturday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

'Just super excited to see it,' Behnken said minutes after the link-up. 'Just one more milestone that gets us ready for our flight coming up here.'

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