NASA, SpaceX’s Crew-3 successfully docks at International Space Station

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts successfully docked Thursday evening at the International Space Station.

7 p.m. update:

NASA and SpaceX confirmed the Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the ISS at around 6:32 p.m.

Original report:

The Crew-3 astronauts will dock their SpaceX Crew Dragon at the International Space Station ahead of schedule tonight, at 6:33 p.m.

The four astronauts lifted off from Kennedy Space Center Wednesday in a dazzling nighttime launch.

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NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron and Raja Chari and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer will spend the next six months aboard the station after their Wednesday night launch.

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The crew will be welcomed onto the station by NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and his cosmonaut crewmates. The astronauts will be conducting a number of science and research investigations and are scheduled for a series of spacewalks in preparation for new solar arrays.

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Meanwhile, SpaceX is already preparing for its next flight. SpaceX plans to launch 53 Starlink satellites as soon as 7:40 a.m. Friday morning.

On Thursday, SpaceX completed a static test fire for the Falcon 9 that is expected to launch the satellites.

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