Four astronauts who recently arrived at the SpaceX Crew Dragon space station smiled ear to ear as they described their space travel on Thursday, and meanwhile the rocket booster used for the launch is due to return to Port Canaveral later. during the day.
NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese space agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, launched the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday night in the Dragon spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center. After 27 hours in space, the astronauts arrived at the space station, where NASA astronaut Kate Rubins was waiting to greet them while docking.
The international crew of astronauts is now four days after their six-month voyage aboard the space station. The launch marked SpaceX’s second astronaut mission to NASA.
The crew of the American and Japanese astronauts answered several questions about the newcomers to the ISS. With two Russian astronauts, there are now seven aboard the orbital laboratory.
“The dragon is the best,” said Soichi, who has now flown three spacecraft. “I feel that the Dragon is really ready to climb, it’s really fun to ride and two days in the Dragon (created) really remarkable memories.”
Hopkins, the spaceship’s commander, said describing the Falcon 9’s journey as “exciting” just didn’t make it fair.
“You can say he wants to get off the ground,” Hopkins said of the moments before takeoff, adding, “He just jumped off the mat.”
The Falcon 9 booster, tilting slightly, surfaced past Jetty Park to dock in Port Canaveral on Thursday afternoon. The booster will be used again next year to launch another round of NASA astronauts at the International Space Station.
A device known as an octographer held on to the booster as it had apparently shifted during the trip home, leaning sharply away from the drone “Of course I still love you.” Port crews will secure the amplifier and then remove it with a large crane.
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The Dragon capsule was pulled and landed on the International Space Station late Monday night, after a 27-hour, fully automated flight from Florida.
Rubins said she was excited to see Glover sail through the ISS hatch because it was his first space flight. The new space explorer is known as “IKE” for “I know everything”, but his fellow astronauts.
“I was so excited to see Ike’s face go through that hatch,” Rubins said, adding that she exclaimed, “Oh my God, you’re here!” after seeing his teammates.
This is the first time that Elon Musk’s company has delivered a crew for a full six-month stay.
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