After the historic launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, NASA’s team of two astronauts victoriously entered the International Space Station. The duo arrived safely on Sunday morning to the delight of the world.
In what can only be described as a groundbreaking moment, a NASA team of two astronauts successfully entered the International Space Station after the SpaceX spacecraft launch.
NASA's team aboard the International Space Station after successfully docking SpaceX's Dragon capsule May 31, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
The historic feat was described as “the first time in human history NASA astronauts have entered the space station from a commercially-made spacecraft” according to a celebratory tweet shared by NASA.
The launch was supposed to happen on Wednesday, May 27, according to SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk.
Accompanying the tweet was a clip of the grand moment the two astronauts, Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, entered the International Space Station to the delight of their teammates in space.
As reported by People Magazine, the NASA astronauts arrived at the space station on Sunday morning after taking off the day before in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The memorable trip which lasted 19 hours took off at 3:22 p.m. from Launch Pad 39A atop a specially instrumented Falcon 9 rocket while President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence watched.
The rest of the world viewed the monumental moment from a public live-stream. Hurley and Behnken’s journey is truly remarkable as it was praised as “the first flight of American astronauts on American-made rockets” since the July 2011 Space Shuttle Mission.
Once the two astronauts successfully entered the international space station, they spoke to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine who asked them if they could get any sleep during the trip. Behnken answered the question, saying:
“I did succeed at sleep, and Doug did as well. The first night is always a little bit of a challenge, but the Dragon is a slick vehicle, and we had good airflow.”
According to CNBC, the launch was supposed to happen on Wednesday, May 27, according to SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk. However, the weather forecast showed that electricity in the atmosphere could trigger lightning, hence it was moved to Saturday.
Elon Musk, CEO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp speaking during a news conference at the National Press Club April 5, 2011 in Washington DC | Photo: Getty Images
People Magazine notes that it is not sure when the two astronauts will return to Earth. However, the SpaceX craft used for the flight can stay in orbit for about 110 days.
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