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SpaceX Crew Dragon: The first private manned spacecraft

In addition to all the jokes and criticism, SpaceX was founded by him Elon Musk, managed something majestic this time. In a historic achievement, h SpaceX launched the world's first privately owned spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, which carried two people into space.

The company partnered with NASA for its first manned mission, the SpaceX Demo-2. The Crew Dragon boarded the Falcon 9 rocket and left the Earth's surface on May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT (19:22 GMT), although the flight was scheduled to take off on May 7.

Two astronauts NASA's Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were on board the spacecraft that traveled to the International Space Station (ISS), where they will spend a few months.

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Demo-2 is the latest flight test for SpaceX's space flight system, which, once successful, will pave the way for future manned flights to the ISS using the Dragon capsule. As part of the tests, an unmanned Dragon spacecraft was sent to the space station last year.

Crew Dragon arrives at ISS

Sure, that reminds us of the iconic Interstellar scene that kept many of us in suspense.

According to the latest updates, Crew Dragon was connected to the ISS at 10:29 a.m. EDT (14:29 GMT) after almost 19 hours of flight time.

The Crew Dragon is equipped with an automatic connection system to complete the process, although both astronauts would manually take control for a while to then transfer it back to the system.

"We look forward to meeting with the space station today," Hurley said in a radio message sent to SpaceX's mission team in Hawthorne, California.

After the mooring was completed, Behnken and Hurley sat inside the Crew Dragon for about 2 hours and the door of the spaceship opened at 12:45 p.m. EDT (16:45 GMT). Their official welcoming ceremony began at 1:15 p.m. EDT (17:15 GMT).

crew dragon

In the ISS, the duo will travel with him astronaut of NASA Chris Cassidy, and the Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

How to track the entire SpaceX Crew Dragon mission.

The entire SpaceX Demo-2 mission is broadcast live on its YouTube channels NASA and SpaceX, so you can see all the action without losing a single moment.

Live streaming shows video streams from the Crew Dragon spacecraft, as well as the SpaceX control center on Earth that has coordinated with the two astronauts in space.


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