SpaceX’s Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station on the night of Monday, November 16 to Tuesday, November 17 for a first six-month operational mission. This theft, operated by a private company, puts an end to the Russian monopoly.
After a twenty-seven hour journey, the four astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). The Nasa has published a video recapitulating the trip of the three Americans and the Japanese who embarked on an operational mission of six months.
Designed by private company SpaceX, Elon Musk, the spacecraft was named “Resilience”: “This refers to the efforts that the team had to make to get this mission ready for take off”, explains the government agency responsible for the US space program. It took SpaceX nine years to certify the capsule. This flight puts an end to Russia’s monopoly in access to space: since 2011, it was only their ships that carried all visitors to theISS.
Baby Yoda, ship mascot
“It was an incredible trip. We were so excited when that rocket took off from the launch pad, Michael Hopkins reacts, smiling, in the presence of his colleagues. It is a great honor and a real joy to be part of this great expedition, we look forward to the next six months. ”
Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi joined two Russians and an American in the orbital laboratory located 400 km above the oceans. CNN remarked that the four astronauts also took away a fifth member: a baby Yoda plush, character from the series The Mandalorian, from the universe Star Wars. “For this mission, it was undoubtedly used as an indicator of weightlessness”, specifies the media, before concluding: “We are delighted to know that the Force will be with them.”