SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully docks at International Space Station

Eloise Marshall
November 17, 2020

This is the second astronaut mission for SpaceX.

The spacecraft, with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Vic Glover, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi on board, launched November 15 from the Kennedy Space Center on the Crew-1 mission.

The crew is comprised of NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor Glover, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

According to News 6, a toy Baby Yoda hitched a ride on the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule which launched from the Kenny Space Center on Sunday to be used as the flight's "zero gravity indicator".

Bermuda's NASA tracking station played a role in last night's NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission, with the island briefly mentioned during the live broadcast.

Orbital sunset is expected roughly 10 minutes before docking, meaning that Crew Dragon's Crew-1 docking should be sunlit from a distance of ~1000 to 20 meters (3300 to 65 ft) from the ISS.

Baby Yoda tags along on SpaceX's first operational mission for NASA

During a brief dispatch between mission control and the astronauts yesterday afternoon, mission commander Hopkins asked ground control operators if they could see Mr Glover smiling "because it hasn't stopped since we've been up here".

The Mandalorian's most adorable breakout character - Baby Yoda - is now in outer space for real, thanks to the latest historical mission from NASA and SpaceX. Glover is the first African-American to move in for a long haul. Dragon then began its orbit around the Earth Sunday night as it continued to progress toward the International Space Station.

Though mission control had to work through some minortechnical hang-ups on the autonomous Crew Dragon spacecraft overnight, the ride appeared to be going smoothly yesterday.

For the launch, Nasa kept guests to a minimum because of coronavirus, and even Musk had to stay away after tweeting that he "most likely" had an infection.

As they prepared for the space station linkup, the Dragon crew beamed down live window views of New Zealand and a brilliant blue, cloud-streaked Pacific 250 miles below.

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