The spacecraft glided towards the station, closing the hole earlier than latching onto a port on the ISS’s middle module. The occasion gave the impression to be a sluggish burn to these watching NASA’s livestream, however that is as a result of the spacecraft and the ISS had been touring at roughly the identical pace — greater than 17,000 miles per hour, the pace essential to hold objects orbiting the Earth.
Kathy Lueders, NASA’s head of human spaceflight, radioed in to talk to the crew shortly after arrival.
The protected docking marks the tip of the primary leg of a landmark mission for NASA and SpaceX, which have been working collectively for a decade to return human spaceflight capabilities to the USA and make sure the multibillion-dollar ISS stays totally staffed.
This additionally marks the primary totally operational crewed mission for SpaceX, following up a check mission in Might that carried NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, each check pilots, to the area station for a short keep.
Throughout a short dispatch between mission management and the astronauts Monday afternoon, mission commander Hopkins requested floor management operators if they may see Glover smiling “as a result of it hasn’t stopped since we have been up right here.”
Earlier on Monday, Hopkins additionally gave Glover his diamond-studded, golden astronaut pin, which is awarded to all NASA astronauts who’ve traveled to area. Glover shared fist bumps together with his crew mates and confirmed off the golden emblem, a star with three contrails surrounded by a halo, to viewers on NASA’s livestream.
The Crew-1 astronauts are anticipated to spend about six months on board the ISS, the place they’re going to work on a wide range of science experiments and conduct area walks to proceed updates and repairs on the area station’s exterior.
Earlier than returning residence, they’re going to be joined by yet one more group of astronauts on a mission dubbed Crew-2 that is on account of launch within the spring.