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Crew Dragon docks with house station, bringing 4 contemporary crew members to the outpost

Crew Dragon docks with house station, bringing 4 contemporary crew members to the outpost


A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft caught up with the Worldwide Area Station early Tuesday after a 28-hour orbital chase, bringing three NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut to the outpost for a six-month tour of responsibility.

The docking capped an exceptionally busy “day” for SpaceX that included the Crew Dragon’s launch Sunday at 10:53 p.m. EST, adopted by two back-to-back Falcon 9 flights Monday, one from Florida and the opposite from California, that put a complete of 76 satellites into orbit.

All of the whereas, the Crew Dragon, launched three days late due to excessive winds, continued its automated strategy to the house station, catching up from behind and beneath after which transferring in for docking on the Concord module’s ahead port at 2:28 a.m. EST Tuesday, a couple of half hour sooner than anticipated.

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In a conventional welcome-aboard ceremony, station commander Andreas Mogensen (with microphone) jokes with the newly-arrived Crew 8 fliers (entrance row in blue flight fits, left to proper): Jeanette Epps, cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, Mike Barratt and Crew Dragon commander Matthew Dominick.

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After hooks drove residence to firmly lock the spacecraft in place, a SpaceX flight controller known as to verify “docking sequence is full. So with that, Crew Dragon Endeavor, welcome to the Worldwide Area Station. We might additionally like to notice which you can’t be ‘Crew L8’ (late) whenever you arrive half-hour early.”

“SpaceX Dragon … copies all,” Crew 8 commander Matthew Dominick replied. “So excited to be right here, and thanks, all of the groups that received us right here, a lot.”

Dominick, house station veteran Mike Barratt, Jeanette Epps and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin are changing Crew 7 commander Jasmin Moghbeli, European Area Company astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Japanese flier Satoshi Furukawa and cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov. They plan to undock March 11 to shut out their very own six-month keep in house.

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The Crew Dragon Endeavour as seen from the Worldwide Area Station because the Crew 8 fliers closed in for docking.

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“From these of us on board, welcome to the Worldwide Area Station,” Moghbeli radioed after Crew 8 docked. “Mike, welcome again. We expect a couple of issues have modified because you left. Matt, Jeanette, Sasha, you are going to completely find it irresistible right here.”

“Good to listen to your voice, Jasmin, and searching ahead to seeing you in only a second,” Dominick replied.

“Completely,” Moghbeli mentioned. “I am each excited and unhappy, as a result of it means I am leaving quickly.”

After leak checks to confirm an hermetic structural seal, hatches had been opened and the Crew 8 fliers floated into the house station to be welcomed aboard by Moghbeli’s crew and three different station crew members who flew to the lab aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft: commander Oleg Kononenko, Nikolai Chub and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara.

“Welcome to house, Matt, Jeannette and Alex, and welcome again to house to Mike,” mentioned Mogensen, the outgoing house station commander. “You guys are going to have a improbable mission, and we stay up for spending the following week in house with you.”

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Crew 8 commander Matthew Dominick snaps a selfie because the Crew Dragon flew by way of the ultimate levels of an automatic rendezvous.

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Dominick mentioned his crew was “tremendous excited to be right here.”

“Thanks to everybody who helped put this collectively,” he mentioned, “such a large workforce world wide, and we’re excited to be on board and able to take over the watch.”

Barratt, making his third house flight and his second long-duration go to to the station, mentioned it was nice to be again, including “our flight’s gonna go by within the blink of an eye fixed, and I am actually anxious to start out. Thanks for the very heat welcome.”

Crew 7 will spend practically per week familiarizing their replacements with the intricacies of house station operations earlier than undocking and returning to Earth.

Kononenko, Chub and O’Hara had been launched final September. The 2 cosmonauts are halfway by way of a yearlong keep aboard the house station whereas O’Hara is wrapping up a extra typical six-month tour.

On March 21, a contemporary Soyuz might be delivered to the house station by veteran cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, Belarus visitor flier Marina Vasilevskaya and NASA veteran Tracy Dyson.

Then, on April 2, Novitskiy and Vasilevskaya will return to Earth together with NASA’s O’Hara, utilizing the Soyuz spacecraft that carried Kononenko, Chub and O’Hara to the station final September.

Dyson will return to Earth subsequent September, becoming a member of Kononenko and Chub aboard the Soyuz MS-25/71S spacecraft delivered by Novitskiy.

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