SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Resilience Carrying Four Astronauts Docks With International Space Station

SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Resilience Carrying Four Astronauts Docks With International Space Station

Uganda Christian News has learnt of a NASA astronaut who took a Bible and holy communion cups as he blasted to the International Space Station (ISS) in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule named Resilience.

The Dragon capsule pulled upward and up late Monday night, after a 27-hour, fully automatic flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. However, shadows obscured the crew's view of the space station, and the astronauts chose to make a short suspension 20 meters from the docking transformer.

It's not the first time SpaceX astronauts have chose to take a little mascot with them, as earlier this year NASA's Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took a sparkly toy dinosaur along with them for the ride.

"I'm sure they would rather be here, given the opportunity, but hopefully they're proud of this as well".

The Resilience crew includes Crew Dragon commander Mike Hopkins and two fellow NASA astronauts: mission pilot Victor Glover and physicist Shannon Walker.

Glover is the first Black astronaut to make an extended stay at the ISS, while Noguchi is the first non-American to fly to orbit on a private spaceship.

The New York Times reported that Glover will spend about six months at the station and will eventually be joined by decorated astronaut Jeanette Epps next year. We are humbled and we are excited to be part of this great expedition.

Crowds on the beach in Cape Canaveral, Fla., watch the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew Dragon on its Crew-1 mission carrying four astronauts, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in this 3 1/2-minute time exposure. The toy can be seen in a live-stream from inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon. It was launched after the success of the test mission Demo-2 which, with two astronauts on board, took off last May for the ISS and returned to Earth without incident on 2 August. "This is a major accomplishment for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, and I want to congratulate all of those who made it possible".

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Another reason this successful voyage is important is because it is a first for SpaceX.

Another U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are aboard the space station from a previous mission.

Bridenstine also explained it was necessary in case either programme was down for a period of time.

It is NASA's first mission sending a privately-owned spacecraft into space.

But the fact that a national space agency feels moved to compare itself to a company arguably validates NASA's public-private strategy.

The agency has yet to receive from Congress the tens of billions of dollars needed to finalise the Artemis programme.

So far, Biden has not commented on the 2024 timeline.

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