SpaceX’s 4 Crew-6 members have safely boarded the Worldwide House Station (ISS) following a voyage that lasted about 27 hours.
NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev blasted off from the Kennedy House Heart in Florida at 12:34 a.m. ET on Thursday and reached the orbital outpost about 24 hours later.
A minor software program glitch on the Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft briefly delayed the docking process, which ultimately passed off at 1:40 a.m. ET on Friday morning.
After ultimate preparations, at about 3:40 a.m. ET, the Crew-6 members entered the house station, the place they have been greeted by the seven-person staff already aboard the ability.
NASA shared a brief video displaying the brand new arrivals getting into the station because it orbited Earth at an altitude of about 260 miles.
Bowen, Hoburg, Al Neyadi, and Fedyaey will spend the following six months residing and dealing aboard the ISS, engaged on a slew of science experiments in microgravity situations whereas performing different duties similar to spacewalks for sustaining and upgrading the station.
That is the primary house mission for all the crewmates besides Bowen, who’s now on his fourth journey to orbit. Al Neyadi is the second Emirati astronaut to succeed in orbit and the primary to embark on a long-duration mission.
Crew-6’s arrival makes the station a bit extra crowded than traditional, as there might be eleven crewmembers on board. That gained’t final lengthy, nonetheless, because the 4 Crew-5 members are scheduled to depart the station in about 5 days’ time following a six-month keep.