4 astronauts from US, France and Japan change into first despatched into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from earlier spaceflight.
4 astronauts have arrived on the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour, NASA mentioned on Saturday, changing into the primary crew to be despatched into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a earlier spaceflight.
The three males and one lady crew from the US, Japan and France reached the ISS early on Saturday morning after a 23-hour journey.
They reached the ISS in the identical capsule utilized by SpaceX’s debut crew final Could.
“Their arrival means there at the moment are 11 people aboard our orbiting laboratory, a quantity not seen because the area shuttle period. Hugs abound,” NASA tweeted, alongside a video of the welcome the brand new crew of astronauts obtained.
“Endeavour arriving!” Welcome to the @Space_Station, Crew-2!
Their arrival means there at the moment are 11 people aboard our orbiting laboratory, a quantity not seen because the area shuttle period. Hugs abound. pic.twitter.com/uSwW3JFl6K
— NASA (@NASA) April 24, 2021
Endeavour locked on to a docking port shortly after 09:00 GMT about 420km (260 miles) above the south Indian Ocean, NASA mentioned in an announcement.
On board have been two NASA astronauts – mission commander Shane Kimbrough, 53, and pilot Megan McArthur, 49 – together with Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, 52, and fellow mission specialist Thomas Pesquet, 43, a French engineer from the European Area Company.
The crew is conducting a six-month science mission on the ISS, NASA mentioned.
“It’s been 20 years … since JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Company), and ESA (European Area Company), and NASA and Russian astronauts have been collectively in area, so it’s truly fairly historic what’s taking place as we speak,” mentioned Pesquet, the astronaut from France.
“We will’t wait to begin our work on the area station, we will’t wait to see what’s forward on the journey for us.”
The mission marks the second “operational” area station group launched by NASA on board a Crew Dragon capsule since human spaceflights resumed from US soil final yr after a nine-year hiatus.
Additionally it is the third crewed flight launched into orbit in 11 months beneath NASA’s fledgling public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket firm based in 2002 by Elon Musk, CEO of electrical automotive maker Tesla Inc.