SpaceX’s 4 Crew-6 members have safely boarded the Worldwide Area 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 Area Middle 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 finally happened at 1:40 a.m. ET on Friday morning.
After closing preparations, at about 3:40 a.m. ET, the Crew-6 members entered the area station, the place they had been greeted by the seven-person crew already aboard the power.
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 subsequent six months residing and dealing aboard the ISS, engaged on a slew of science experiments in microgravity circumstances whereas performing different duties akin to spacewalks for sustaining and upgrading the station.
That is the primary area mission for the entire 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 of extra crowded than traditional, as there shall be eleven crewmembers on board. That received’t final lengthy, nevertheless, because the 4 Crew-5 members are scheduled to depart the station in about 5 days’ time following a six-month keep.