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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon docks with ISS

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Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's on Saturday successfully launched its unmanned Crew Dragon test flight to the International Space Station, in a
Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's on Saturday successfully launched its unmanned Crew Dragon test flight to the International Space Station, in a "revolutionary step" to get humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond. PIc: NASA

The Elon Musk-owned SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on its debut unmanned flight…reports Asian Lite News

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's on Saturday successfully launched its unmanned Crew Dragon test flight to the International Space Station, in a "revolutionary step" to get humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond. PIc: NASA by .
Elon Musk-owned SpaceX’s on Saturday successfully launched its unmanned Crew Dragon test flight to the International Space Station, in a “revolutionary step” to get humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond. PIc: NASA

After making 18 orbits of Earth since its launch, the spacecraft attached to the ISS via “soft capture” at 5:51 a.m. EST (10:51 GMT).

Flight computers guided the spacecraft directly into a docking port, unlike the previous cargo Dragon spacecraft that were attached to the space station after captured by a robotic arm.

The crew members are expected to open the capsule’s hatch and hold a welcome ceremony for the spacecraft, which will remain docked to the ISS for five days before departing on March 8 for Earth.

Rocketed into the orbit early on Saturday, the capsule carried a test dummy named Ripley — after the heroine from the “Alien” movies — and 400 pounds (about 181 kg) of supplies and experiments to the ISS.

The demonstration mission, called Demo-1, is the first flight test of a space system designed for humans and built and operated by a US commercial company through a public-private partnership.

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