Astronauts conducted a tour of the cargo bay of the Crew Dragon. Before docking with the ISS, the ship was only a few kilometers away.
Before docking with the ISS, astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Banken showed the cargo compartment of the Crew Dragon. Also, astronauts showed a view of the Earth. A few kilometers remained before the Crew Dragon docked with the International Space Station (ISS).
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Viewers also saw a toy – a Space Dino dinosaur, sewn from fabric and decorated with sequins, which is also onboard the ship. Thanks to him, you can understand when the state of zero gravity sets in on the Crew Dragon.
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SpaceX first launched a spacecraft with astronauts to the ISS. If the launch is considered successful, it will allow the United States to send its missions without the help of Roscosmos. Now SpaceX is the first private company to carry out a manned flight. NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken will stay on the ISS from 6 to 16 weeks. The launch was a success the second time – on May 27, SpaceX rescheduled the flight due to bad weather.
On launch day, NASA also stated that the probability of flying was 50%; bad weather could have prevented it. Nevertheless, the launch took place – Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken will spend 19 hours in space before they dock with the ISS. SpaceX has already reported that the launch vehicle with which astronauts launched into space has returned to Earth.