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First Crew Dragon Astronauts Are Aboard the Space Station

1 Jun 2020, 21:33 UTC
First Crew Dragon Astronauts Are Aboard the Space Station
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Demo-2 astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley (right, black shirts) arrived at the ISS on Sunday, May 31, 20 hours after launch on May 30. (NASA TV screenshot)
(News from NASA)
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday aboard Crew Dragon, the first commercially built and operated American spacecraft to carry humans to orbit, opening a new era in human spaceflight.
The pair of astronauts docked to the space station’s Harmony module at 10:16 a.m. EDT Sunday as the microgravity laboratory flew 262 miles above the border of northern China and Mongolia.
Behnken and Hurley, the first astronauts to fly to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to the station, were welcomed as crew members of Expedition 63 by fellow NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and two Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.
The docking followed the first successful launch of Crew Dragon with astronauts on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space in Florida, the same launch pad used for the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission. WATCH THE LAUNCH HERE.
May 31, 2020 — Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken of NASA’s Commercial ...

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