SpaceX astronauts dock at Worldwide House Station — day after launch from Florida


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft docked on the Worldwide House Station on Saturday morning round 5 a.m. ET, a day after the rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The spacecraft was carrying 4 astronauts who will start a six-month mission.

On this picture made out of NASA TV, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is seen from the worldwide house station, Saturday, April 24, 2021. The recycled SpaceX capsule carrying 4 astronauts has arrived on the Worldwide House Station, a day after launching from Florida. (NASA by way of AP)

The Dragon capsule docked autonomously with the orbiting outpost 260 miles above the Indian Ocean.

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The astronauts will substitute 4 others who’re scheduled to return to Earth in their very own Dragon capsule Wednesday.

It was the primary time two SpaceX crew Dragons had been parked there on the similar time — virtually aspect by aspect.

The Dragon spacecraft is the third crewed SpaceX flight for NASA however the first time a recycled spacecraft has been used, a part of a cost-efficiency plan and an important a part of CEO Elon Musk’s push to the moon and Mars.

The house station will home 11 astronauts for the following 4 days. 

The 4 arriving astronauts are NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur — the commander and pilot of the Dragon — and France’s Thomas Pesquet and Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide.

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McArthur flew to the house station in the identical seat and the identical capsule — Endeavour — as her husband, Bob Behnken, did on SpaceX’s debut crew mission.

On Wednesday, three Individuals and one Japanese astronaut who’ve been on the house station will depart for residence and a splashdown within the Gulf of Mexico.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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