SpaceX completes launch and Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station

Астронавт NASA Роберт Бенкен раскритиковал полет на Crew Dragon

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Following the docking, the two astronauts - Douglas Hurley, 53, and Robert Behnken, 49 - will perform tests on the Crew Dragon in addition to conducting research and other tasks alongside ISS crew, according to the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Bob and Doug awoke on Sunday to Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan", and the lyrics, "We sail through endless skies, stars shine like eyes".

Pantera covered Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan" on their 1994 album, Far Beyond Driven.

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Who hasn't dreamed of traveling to space, exploring the moon, Mars, and maybe a more colorful planet like Jupiter?

NASA has also partnered with Boeing Co. which has developed its own capsule.

Saturday's launch by SpaceX, the non-public rocket firm of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, represented one other milestone for the reusable rockets it pioneered to make spaceflight more cost effective and extra frequent. (Hurley also took part in the last shuttle flight in 2011.) The SpaceX crew even accomplished the astounding feat of landing the rocket on a "drone ship" in the Atlantic after the Dragon detached. Both the spaceship and the rocket named Falcon 9, which carried the spaceship into the orbit, were built by SpaceX. "It really does change you for the better", Hurley said. After the accident occurred in 2003 in which Indian-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla killed among the other astronauts, United States government halted the space shuttle programme from then.

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SpaceX and the Crew Dragon will now have a few months of reprieve as the first half of the test is complete. "It's providing this capability to the International Space Station so that we can start rotating crews from American soil", Behnken said. NASA has contributed more than $US3.1 billion of funding to SpaceX in the almost decade-long partnership.

SpaceX has a $2.6 billion NASA contract for at least six crewed mission to the station.

"You can bet we will take it with us when we depart back to Earth", Hurley said as he presented the flag.

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The old space race between the U.S. and the USSR in the 1950s had accelerated space missions and pushed scientists to put their hardest work into exploring the rest of the galaxy, with goals mainly revolving around scientific research, political supremacy, and the possibility of life on other planets.

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