History Made As SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks at ISS

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 - 1:14PM
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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 - 1:14PM
History Made As SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks at ISS
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SpaceX launched its Crew Dragon spacecraft to successfully dock at the International Space Station on Sunday morning, ushering in a new era of possibilities for human space travel. The mission, named "Demo-1" (DM-1), was intended to be a test flight for future manned missions to the ISS from North America: the first since the last space shuttle mission in 2011. Launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday March 2, the advanced human-rated Crew Dragon made 18 orbits of Earth before  attaching itself to the International Space Station's Harmony module forward port. Fans of the Alien franchise will be delighted to note that NASA reports that the craft carried 400 pounds of equipment and supplies, including a highly sensitive "lifelike test device named Ripley...outfitted with sensors to provide data on potential effects on humans traveling in Crew Dragon." 


"I proudly congratulate the SpaceX and NASA teams for this major milestone in our nation's space history," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a press release. "This first launch of a space system designed for humans, and built and operated by a commercial company through a public-private partnership, is a revolutionary step on our path to get humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond."


The craft is intended to eventually carry humans to the ISS as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

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