The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule is bringing new astronauts to the ISS

This is the third time that the private company SpaceX, which ended Russia’s monopoly of flights to the station, has brought people to the ISS.

The ship Strive began its mooring maneuvers at 09:08 GMT, 424 kilometers above the Indian Ocean, a process completed after about ten minutes, with a locking mechanism through a series of 12 latches on the mooring between SSI and the spacecraft, according to photos broadcast live by NASA television.

Hard Capture is complete, welcome to Crew-2said American astronaut Shannon Walker, current commander ofISS.

Thanks Shannon, we’re glad to be here, we’ll all meet in a few minutesanswer of the commander ofStriveAmerican astronaut Shane Kimbrough.

Frenchman Thomas Pesquet for the European Space Agency (ESA), Americans Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur and Japanese Akihiko Hoshide flew from the Kennedy Space Center about 23 hours earlier, early Friday morning.

American company SpaceX consolidates its position on the third manned spaceflight in a year. Its Crew Dragon capsule has successfully landed on the International Space Station. Emotional moments for the four astronauts who came to join their colleagues who were already on site. The story of Marie-Michèle Lauzon.

A rocket flew.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flew from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on April 23, 2021 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Photo: Getty Images/Joe Raedle

This performance was a new achievement for the private company SpaceX, which established itself with NASA for space transportation, at the time the capsule Starliner Boeing is accumulating delays in its test flights.

With the success in May 2020 of its first manned test flight, SpaceX broke Russia’s monopoly on flights to the ISS. It restored the ability to Americans to accomplish this task, following the space shuttle program in 2011.

This is the first time a spacecraft has been re -used for manned flight and the thruster has already been used on an unmanned test mission. Reducing costs by recycling equipment is one of the goals of NASA’s partnership with the private sector.

Two Crew Dragon ships are parked side by side on the ISS, illustrating how SpaceX has become the US space agency’s main transportation provider.

I think we are at the dawn of a new era of space explorationBillionaire Elon Musk, who plans to someday take people to the Moon and Mars, at a post-launch press conference.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet arrived to board SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule, prior to the launch of NASA’s mission to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 23, 2021.

Photo: Reuters/JOE SKIPPER

With the arrival of four astronauts, the International Space Station will be unusually crowded, with 11 occupants. The Crew-1 team will face four newcomers for a few days before the latter returns from its mission.

The mission was also a milestone for Europe, as it was named Alpha named after the Alpha Centauri star system, the closest star system to our solar system.

This is really a golden age for us in terms of the operation of the International Space Station. »

A quote from Frank De Winne, head of the ISS program at the European Space Agency (ESA)

German Matthias Maurer is the next European to join a SpaceX mission this fall, followed by Italian Samantha Cristoforetti next spring.

During its six-month mission, the team will be responsible for conducting approximately one hundred scientific experiments.

They relate primarily to what is called tissue chips -small models of human organs composed of different types of cells and used in particular studies in the aging of the immune system, kidney function and muscle loss.

The crew will also take 1.5 million photos of the Earth, documenting phenomena such as artificial lighting at night, algal blooms and the explosion of ice shelves in the Antarctic.

Another important part of the mission: upgrading the station’s solar power system by installing new compact panels that appear to look like a large yoga mat.

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