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SpaceX rocket with Americans on-board arrives ISS (+VIDEO)

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A Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) today Sunday May 31 2020, less than a day after making history as the first human orbital spaceflight from the United States in almost 10 years.

The spacecraft, named Endeavour by its crew of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, docked with the station’s Harmony module at 10.16 am ET(3:15 pm Nigeria time). The spacecraft’s approach to the ISS went smoothly, with docking taking place nearly 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
The 2 astronauts on board the SpaceX Dragon rocket
Behnken and Hurley were scheduled to open hatches and enter the ISS around 12:45 pm ET (5.45 pm Nigerian Time), joining NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

The spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 yesterday Saturday, May 30 2020, marking the first crewed orbital launch from the United States since the final space shuttle mission, STS-135, in July 2011. Behnken and Hurley said in a brief NASA TV session early May 31 that the spacecraft was working well.


That included using the manual controls of the spacecraft, which ordinarily operates autonomously. “I want to complement the teams at Hawthorne. Just a spectacular job with the simulator as the vehicle flew exactly like the simulators out in Hawthorne,” Hurley said.

Behnken, though, noted that those simulators weren’t able to fully capture the experience of launch. “Doug and I were talking about all of the observations that we had all the way uphill,” he said. “While it was an exciting ride, I think we got a couple of minor surprises, just in terms of the way the vehicle is moving and shaking.”
While docking took place only 19 hours after liftoff, the 2 astronauts said they were able to test various aspects of the spacecraft, including the ability to sleep inside the capsule. “Doug and I had a good night’s sleep last night,” Behnken said. “We were surprised, I think, at how well we actually slept aboard the vehicle.”

Other activities lined-up for today are:
12:45 p.m. ET  -  Hatch Open
1:15 p.m. ET -  Welcome ceremony
3:15 p.m. ET -  Post-Arrival Conference

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