Four astronauts have arrived at the International Space Station in the “Crew Dragon” space transporter operated by the private company SpaceX. The “Crew Dragon” had docked at the ISS after more than 27 hours of flight, announced the US space agency NASA on Tuesday night. The spacecraft was launched on Sunday evening six months after its maiden flight from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in the US state of Florida for the first time for a regular mission into space. Both the elected US President Joe Biden and the still incumbent President Donald Trump had congratulated on Twitter.
The American NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker as well as the Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi are to stay on board the ISS for six months and monitor various experiments. The astronaut Kate Rubins and her Russian colleagues Sergej Ryschikow and Sergej Kud-Swertschkow are currently on the station.
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The newly arriving crew – “Crew-1” – is the first to fly regularly with the “Crew Dragon” to the ISS after the manned test in spring was successful. The two US astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken left for the ISS during this test in May and returned in August. It was the first time, after a break of almost nine years, that astronauts had returned to orbit from American soil – and the first time that they had been promoted by a private space company. SpaceX had previously only transported cargo to the ISS.