SpaceX Manned Dragon Freedom Spacecraft Docking at Space Station with Axiom Mission 3 Astronauts: NASA TV Image Source

2024-01-20 16:05:00

The picture shows the SpaceX manned Dragon Freedom spacecraft carrying four Axiom MIssion 3 astronauts docking with the space station shortly after sunrise in orbit. Image source: NASA TV

Ax-3 docked with the orbital module at 5:42 a.m. while the spacecraft was flying west of South America, 262 miles above the Pacific Ocean. This is the third mission with an entirely private crew to arrive at the orbiting laboratory.

Four Axiom Mission 3 astronauts enter the space station to meet with Expedition 70 crew members. Image source: NASA TV

The Axiom space station crew will join the Expedition 70 crew on board the space station, including NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara, ESA (European Space Agency) Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Furukawa Satoshi and Roscosmos astronaut Konstantin Borisov Konstantin Borisov, Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub.

Next, the space station crew will hold a welcome ceremony for the International Space Station.

Axiom Space’s astronauts are expected to leave the space station on February 3 and return to Earth, landing at a landing site off the coast of Florida.

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