Wednesday, 02 December, 2020


Astronauts really just took Baby Yoda with them up to space

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Kristine Garrett | 17 November, 2020, 09:55

It's not the first time SpaceX astronauts have brought a plush friend with them on board.

"Congratulations, this is a new era of operational flights to the International Space Station from the Florida coast", Hopkins, the commander of the mission, said shortly after docking.

It's the first crewed mission on a privately built space capsule purchased by NASA.

As many as 13 astronauts were on board at one time in 2009.

The Dragon crew is expected to spend six months in orbit, joining three others who arrived aboard the ISS earlier on a Russian Soyuz rocket launched last month from Kazakhstan.

Altogether, the Crew-1 Dragon docking process will take about 55 minutes after the spacecraft enters the keep-out sphere and will culminate with a "soft" capture around 11pm EST (04:00 UTC) and a "hard" capture - signified by the docking port firmly bolting Dragon to the ISS - a bit less than 15 minutes later. And so it will go, with SpaceX - and eventually Boeing - transporting astronauts to and from the station for Nasa.

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The Resilience crew includes Hopkins, an Air Force colonel, and two fellow National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronauts: mission pilot Victor Glover and physicist Shannon Walker. Glover, a space rookie, is the first African American to move into the station as part of a long haul mission.

The four astronauts named their capsule "resilience" to provide hope and inspiration during an especially hard year for the whole world. They broadcast a tour of their capsule Monday, showing off the touchscreen controls and storage areas.

Ms Walker said it was a little tighter for them than for the two astronauts on the test flight.

"It looks wonderful from up here, too", Commander Mike Hopkins replied.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk did not attend Sunday's launch after announcing last week that he had received contradictory results on four separate coronavirus tests.

He was replaced in his official launch duties by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, who assured reporters he was still very much involved with the action, although remotely.

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