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SpaceX capsule docked at the ISS

The Crew Dragon capsule safely docked at the International Space Station on Sunday, a few minutes ahead of schedule. On board, two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. A crucial step for this historic mission.

The Crew Dragon capsule safely docked at the International Space Station on Sunday, a few minutes ahead of schedule. On board, two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. A crucial step for this historic mission.

(AFP) – Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who took off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday from Florida, are the first astronauts to reach the ISS, 400 km from Earth, using a vehicle of private company. The Crew Dragon capsule docked at the ISS this Sunday at 4:16 p.m. Luxembourg time. “Mooring confirmed,” confirmed the company created by Elon Musk and NASA.

The airlock between Dragon and the space station must now be depressurized before the capsule hatch is opened. Since the end of the space shuttles in 2011, Russian rockets have been sending the Americans to the ISS.

NASA has commissioned SpaceX to develop a new space taxi, and if this mission – which could last until August – is certified safe, the Americans will no longer depend on the Russians to access space. For three billion dollars, SpaceX has promised NASA six round trips to the ISS, with four astronauts on board.


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