Astronauts on first commercial flight arrive at International Space Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Crew Dragon capsule is readied to carry four astronauts on the first operational NASA commercial crew mission at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida U.S

The "Resilience" spacecraft docked autonomously with the space station some 400 kilometres above the Midwestern US state of OH at 11:01pm on Monday (04:01 GMT Tuesday), completing a 27.5-hour journey.

"What an unbelievable last couple of days ..." The toy can be seen in a live-stream from inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon.

Victor Glover on Sunday become the 1st Black astronaut to arrive at space station for long-term stay. It was the first time that the reusable missile has been used on a mission, and the plan is to reuse it on SpaceX's Crew Dragon's next operational flight, Crew-2.

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The Dragon capsule carrying the four astronauts had launched at 7:27 p.m.

Another U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are aboard the space station from a previous mission.

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"It's been an incredible journey, and it's really wonderful that this is marking the start of operational crew rotation missions to the International Space Station from the Florida coast", said Mr. Hopkins, the Dragon's commander, after the astronauts boarded the station. They were launched to the space station on Russia's Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft on October 14, 2020. With NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, climbing aboard, it will be the first time the ISS's long-duration crew size will include seven rather than six members.

Before returning home, CNN said they will be joined by yet another group of astronauts on a mission dubbed Crew-2 that's due to launch in the spring.

"We cannot wait to get you onboard", she added after both spacecraft were awakened together.

This spacecraft is capable of staying in the space orbit for over 200 plus days and can provide almost 500 pounds of cargo, science experiment to the International Space Station. Launched from Falcon 9 Rocket. During flight, SpaceX commands the spacecraft from its control center in Hawthorne, California, while NASA teams monitor space station operations from its space center in Houston.

Glover, who served as pilot and second-in-command on Resilience, will serve as flight engineer on the ISS. "This is a major accomplishment for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, and I want to congratulate all of those who made it possible".

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