After its successful liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020 at 7:22 p.m. (UTC) on Launch Pad 39A, the SpaceX Dragon space capsule docked to the International Space Station (ISS) 17 hours later without any problem and with great finesse. The two American astronauts, Douglas G. Hurley and Robert L. Behnken, joined the three other occupants of the ISS, where they were warmly welcomed by their compatriot Christopher Cassidy, and the two Russian cosmonauts, Anatoli Ivanichine and Ivan Wagner. The mission of the Dragon capsule is scheduled to last 110 days, before returning to Earth with the American astronauts on board, during a landing in the Atlantic Ocean, the official date of which has not yet been announced.
This historic inaugural flight brought together millions of people around the world, live on Youtube or broadcast on TV. This feat is a success for SpaceX, offering the USA the possibility to access Space again from its ground, since the withdrawal of the Space Shuttle in July 2011.
Review or discover the images of the launch and docking at the ISS, in videos :
1:03:08 Bob and Doug saying Goodbye to their families
1:20:10 Tesla's arriving at the Launch Pad
1:36:15 Bob and Doug entering Dragon
4:22:35 Countdown Start
4:30:00 Entry Burn
4:31:40 Landing Burn
4:32:15 First Stage on Droneship
4:34:55 Dragon Deployment
6:34:08 - 5 Meters Approach
6:34:52 - 1 Meter Approach
9:20:34 - Hatch Opening
9:41:02 - Entering the ISS
William Mahe (WM), books and news author, passionate about the Universe, Science and technologies, university graduate from the Paris - Meudon Observatory in Astronomy and Celestial Mechanic. President of the SPETspace STEAM Society and Publishing Director of the SPETspace News. He is also a Harley Davidson and Honda motorcycles lover.