US astronauts dock at ISS after SpaceX launch

Telegraph 31 May 2020 03:00

US astronauts who yesterday were launched into space in the first crewed flight of Elon Musk’s SpaceX have now docked with International Space Station (ISS).  

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken had been orbiting Earth for around 19 hours before the capsule they were in docked on Sunday. Leak and pressure checks need to be completed before they are allowed to disembark and join the other astronauts aboard the station. 

Mr Hurley said on Sunday: “It’s been a real honor to be just a small part of this nine year endeavor since the last time a United States space ship docked with the International Space Station.”

It is both men's third mission into space, but marked a historic event, with the launch the first time that American astronauts have launched from US soil since 2011.

In the nine years since then, NASA astronauts have reached ISS by buying seats on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.

The latest launch is also the first time that a private company has been involved in taking astronauts to the ISS, and the first crewed mission for SpaceX, the company run by tech mogul Elon Musk.

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