(ORDO NEWS) — The Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 31, less than a day after it went down in history as the first manned space flight from the United States in almost nine years.
The spacecraft, named Endeavor, with NASA astronaut team Bob Benken and Doug Hurley docked with the station’s Harmony module at 17:16 Moscow time. The spacecraft’s approach to the ISS went smoothly, the docking occurred almost 15 minutes ahead of schedule (planned for 17:30).
Benken and Hurley will have to open the hatches and enter the ISS around 19:45 Moscow time, joining NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and the cosmonauts of Roscosmos Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner.
The spacecraft launched on the Falcon-9 at 19:22 GMT on May 30, marking the first orbital launch of the crew from the United States after the last space shuttle mission, STS-135, in July 2011. About this Benken and Hurley told NASA on the air at the beginning of the day.
While docking occurred only 19 hours after launch, two astronauts said they were able to experience various aspects of the spacecraft, including the ability to sleep in a capsule. “Doug and I slept well last night,” Benken said. “I think we were surprised at how well we slept on board the ship.”
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