SpaceX’s newly launched SpaceX capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station. This is the second astronaut mission for SpaceX.
The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above Idaho.
When Mike Hopkins first made radio contact, Kate Rubins said that it was a good voice to hear and she couldn’t wait to have him on board. The three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will remain at the orbiting lab until their replacements arrive on another Dragon in April, AP reported.
The four astronauts named their SpaceX capsule “Resilience” to provide hope and inspiration during an especially difficult year for the whole world. They broadcast a tour of their SpaceX capsule Monday, showing off the touchscreen controls, storage areas, and their zero-gravity indicator: a small plush Baby Yoda.
Shannon Walker said that they dance around each other to stay out of each other’s way. For Sunday’s launch, NASA permitted a few guests due to COVID-19, and even Musk had to stay away after tweeting that he most likely had an infection.
He was replaced by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, who assured reporters he was still very much involved with Sunday night’s action, although remotely. 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 250 miles below.