The Nasa astronaut, who was joined by colleagues Michael H0pkins, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will spend six months at the ISS. Glover's inclusion in the mission has its own historical significance - he is the first Black American to become a full-time crew member on the ISS.
Falcon 9 booster lifts off from Kennedy Space Centrer in Florida to take Crew Dragon capsule into orbit.
"Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on a successful flight to the International Space Station (ISS) for the Crew-1 mission", said Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairwoman Kendra Horn (D-OK). NASA deliberately extended the free flight time of the crew dragon orbit, allowing the crew to sleep so that they would be fully awake, the ISS said. I can't tell you how excited we were when that rocket lifted off the pad and then the last 27 hours have gone really smooth actually.
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After safety checks and a few hours of waiting, the crew will be welcomed aboard the station by the current crew.
This will be a new era for space travel.
For Sunday's launch, NASA kept guests to a minimum because of coronavirus, and even Musk had to stay away after tweeting that he "most likely" had an infection. It successfully caught the Falcon 9 booster on a drone ship called "Just Read the Instructions" that was located in the Atlantic Ocean. The first SpaceX mission was a two-pilot test flight completed in May that lasted two months.
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SpaceX briefly transmitted live images from inside the capsule showing the astronauts in their seats, something neither the Russians nor the Americans had done before. Its launch vehicle is a reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
After NASA retired on its space shuttle programme in 2011 and had to rely on the services of Russia's Soyuz (at a cost of $80 million per astronaut), the U.S. government kicked off the Development of Commercial Crew programme to harness private sector capacity at a much cheaper cost (estimated at slightly over half the cost of hiring Soyuz, etc). And so it is going to go, together with SpaceX - and finally Boeing - transporting astronauts to and from the channel for NASA.
It was unclear which of the many Baby Yoda plushies on the market is aboard the Crew Dragon, Business Insider reported.
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