The historical Demo-2 mission of SpaceX, the private space transportation company founded by Elon Musk, carried two NASA astronauts into space, started with the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket yesterday evening. We have conveyed all the details of this event, which is a first in SpaceX and space history, in our news and why SpaceX sent astronauts to space.
After the Crew Dragon capsule, which included the astronauts, was successfully transported into the atmosphere, the 70-meter Falcon 9 rocket, which left the capsule, landed in a floating SpaceX station in the Atlantic Ocean after completing its mission. The journey of Crew Dragon capsule, which continues to travel in space, to the International Space Station, ended after a few hours, when the capsule reached the station.
Moments of connecting the Crew Dragon capsule to the space station
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken was expected to be connected to the International Space Station today after a long journey. After about 19 hours of travel in space, the capsule was captured by the International Space Station at 17.16.
These connecting moments, a first in NASA and space history, were broadcast live on YouTube and other social media platforms.
Although Crew Dragon is currently caught, steps to connect to the International Space Station continue. Although the capsule is captured by the space station, certain procedures are applied to regulate the pressure in the vehicle and to connect the capsule to the station completely.
Update: Capsule is fully connected to the International Space Station
Crew Dragon capsule has completed its connection to the International Space Station.
Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner, who served at the International Space Station, managed to photograph the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule from two angles carrying two NASA astronauts. To take a closer look at these images that Ivan Vagner shared on his social media account, you can immediately take a look at our news.