CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” successfully docked at the International Space Station at 11:01 p.m. Monday, a little more than a day after it blasted off from the Space Coast.
The astronauts hope to keep making history during their 6-month science mission.
The crew has been in communication with mission control since they woke up Monday afternoon.
Their Crew Dragon spacecraft is doing all the flying, and the vehicle should reach the station for docking around 11 p.m.
“It’s not over,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine after Sunday night’s launch. “This was a beautiful launch, and we’re all excited about the launch. This is a 6-month mission, and it’s the first of many.”
Crew-1 astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will join the Expedition 64 crew aboard the space station.
Planning is well underway for SpaceX’s next mission to the space station. SpaceX will use the first stage booster recovered from the Crew-1 mission for the Crew-2 flight this spring.
“In the next 15 months, we should be flying roughly seven Dragon missions,” said SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell. “And this mission represents the initiation of a Dragon in orbit continuously."