This is SpaceX’s second astronaut mission. However, this is the first time the Elon Musk company has dispatched a crew member to stay at the station for half a year. The two pilot test flights earlier this year lasted two months.
Three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will remain in the orbital laboratory until their replacement arrives at another dragon in April. And that will go on as SpaceX (and eventually Boeing) transports astronauts to and from NASA’s stations.
This regular taxi service began with the launch on Sunday night.
Hopkins and his crew (Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, Soichi Noguchi of Japan) will join two Russians and an American who flew from Kazakhstan to the space station last month. Grover was the first African-American to travel long distances. Grover, a newcomer to space, was presented with his gold astronaut pin on Monday.
The four named the capsule Resilience to provide hope and inspiration in a particularly difficult year for the world. They aired a tour of the capsules on Monday, showing off touchscreen controls, storage areas, weightlessness indicators, and a little stuffed baby Yoda.
Walker said it was a bit tighter than the two astronauts on the test flight.
“We dance around each other out of the way of each other,” she said.
At the launch on Sunday, NASA had to leave after tweeting that it had minimized guests due to the coronavirus and even the mask was “probably” infected. He was replaced by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell on an official launch mission. He assured reporters that he was deeply involved in Sunday night’s actions, even at a distance.
While they were preparing to link up the space station, the dragon crew illuminated New Zealand’s live window view and the bright blue cloud-striped Pacific Ocean 250 miles below.
“Wow,” the mission control was wirelessly transmitted from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
“It’s amazing from here, too,” Hopkins replied.
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SpaceX capsule with four astronauts arrives at the space station
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