The arrival of the Spacecraft
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station on November 11th, less than 24 hours after taking out from Florida.
At 6:32 p.m. Eastern, the Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance connected with the station’s forward port of the Harmony module. The docking of the spacecraft with the station went off without a hitch, approximately 40 minutes ahead of schedule.
The spaceship was delivered to the ISS with four NASA astronauts of the mission Crew-3:
- Raja Chari
- Tom Marshburn
- Kayla Barron
- ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer
The four will remain on the station for around six months before being replaced in the spring of 2022 by the Crew-4 mission.
Maurer is the second of three ESA astronauts to go to the station on Crew Dragon missions, and the trip has been eagerly monitored on both sides of the Atlantic. “I’m happy Matthias was present on the space station safely, and I wish him good luck for the future.”
After docking, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher commented, “The teams supporting him embark on a hectic 6 months of science, research, and operations in weightlessness.”
The Crew Dragon spacecraft took off from the Kennedy Space Center on a Falcon 9 rocket at 9:03 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 10. Because of bad weather and an unspecified minor medical concern with one of the four Crew-3 astronauts, the launch had been postponed from Oct. 31.
The four join Roscosmos cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov, as well as NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei. Since April, Vande Hei and Dubrov have been on the station, while Shkaplerov arrived in October. They’ll be stationed there until next spring.
Who is the CREW?
Over the next six months, the seven-person ISS crew will have company. The Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft is set to launch on Dec. 8 for a 12-day stay at the International Space Station. On a dedicated commercial voyage planned by Space Adventures, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and two private astronauts, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and his production assistant, Yozo Hirano, will be on board.
Axiom Space has prepared for another Crew Dragon to launch on February 21. Former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegra and three private astronauts will be delivered to the station and will spend seven days there:
- Larry Connor
- Mark Pathy
- Eytan Stibbe.