A protected docking will mark the top of the primary leg of a landmark mission for NASA and SpaceX, which have been working collectively for a decade to return human spaceflight capabilities to the United States and make sure the multibillion-dollar ISS stays absolutely staffed.
This additionally marks the primary absolutely operational crewed mission for SpaceX, following up a take a look at mission in May that carried NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, each take a look at pilots, to the house station for a quick keep.
During a quick dispatch between mission management and the astronauts Monday afternoon, mission commander Hopkins requested floor management operators if they might see Glover smiling “because it hasn’t stopped since we’ve been up here.”
Though mission management needed to work via some minor technical hangups on the autonomous Crew Dragon spacecraft in a single day, the journey seemed to be going easily on Monday. Since taking off from Florida atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Sunday night, the Crew Dragon spacecraft has been slowly elevating its orbit and maneuvering nearer to the house station.
Meanwhile, the astronauts had been in a position to swap their spacesuits for extra comfy clothes and get some sleep. NASA deliberately lengthened the time that Crew Dragon is flying free in orbit to permit the crew to sleep so that they’re going to be absolutely awake and alert when it comes time to dock with the ISS.
The Crew-1 astronauts are anticipated to spend about six months on board the ISS, the place they will work on a wide range of science experiments and conduct house walks to proceed updates and repairs on the house station’s exterior.
Before returning dwelling, they will be joined by yet one more group of astronauts on a mission dubbed Crew-2 that is resulting from launch within the spring.