The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station early this morning. The uncrewed vehicle, which was launched on Saturday morning, approached the station very systematically, carrying out a set of highly choreographed actions to prove that it was capable of safely maneuvering near the station before being allowed to approach autonomously, and very slowly, push its nose into the docking adapter on the port of the Harmony module.
The hatch was opened about 2 hours after the docking. Crew members entered the capsule wearing air masks in case there were any leaks of noxious fumes into the capsule during the trip to the station.
Some photos of the Dragon and the ISS during the rendezvous and docking:
More about the docking at:
- SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to Station – Space Station/NASA
- SpaceX Crew Dragon Hatch Open – Space Station/NASA
- Crew Dragon successfully conducts debut docking with the ISS – NASASpaceFlight.com
- Live coverage: First Crew Dragon links up with space station – Spaceflight Now
An appropriate musical tribute to the Crew Dragon flight:
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