Update at 7:12 am ET: NASA’s Crew-7 astronauts aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endurance are set to dock at the International Space Station about 30 minutes later than previously scheduled. Docking is now set 9:11 a.m. EDT (1311 GMT)Live NASA TV coverage begins 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT). Hatch opening is planned 11:02 a.m. EDT (1502 GMT) with a welcome ceremony 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT).
SpaceX’s Dragon shuttle carrying 4 astronauts will arrive at the International Space Station today (Aug. 27). You can watch all this live online for free.
Crew Dragon capsule Endurance is scheduled to reach the International Space Station (ISS). At 9:11 a.m. EDT (1311 GMT), There it will attach itself to a space-facing port on the Outpost’s US-built Harmony module.
The docking will mark the end of a nearly 30-hour journey for the four-person crew of the capsule, which launched early Saturday morning from NASA’s Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. You can watch the docking live online, courtesy of NASA TV and SpaceX 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT). In the window above it will appear at startup time or you can view it directly NASA TV.
“SpaceX, thank you for the ride, it’s been awesome,” said Jasmine Mokbeli, NASA’s Crew-7 commander, after the crew reached orbit. “Go Crew-7, great ride.”
SpaceX’s Crew-7 mission for NASA carries Mokbeli to the ISS with a truly international crew: European Space Agency pilot Andreas Mogensen; Mission specialists Konstantin Borisov of Russia’s Roscosmos agency and Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The quartet is the first all-international crew to fly in a single Dragon capsule, with members from four different agencies and countries.
The mission is the seventh operational commercial crew flight for NASA by SpaceX, and the company’s eighth flight for the US space agency overall (including a crew test flight). This is SpaceX’s 11th crewed mission in recent years, including three private astronauts.
The Crew-7 astronauts began their six-month journey to the space station and will release four astronauts from NASA’s Crew-6 mission, who are scheduled to return shortly after Mokbeli and his crew arrive.
Crew-7 was the first space flight for Moghbeli, a U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who became only the second Iranian-American to fly in space in an aircraft. This was Borisov’s first flight.
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Although Morgensen and Furukawa had both flown to the ISS before, Morgensen was the first European to pilot a SpaceX Dragon capsule. SpaceX’s Endurance capsule also served as an astronaut, sending Crew-3 and Crew-5 astronauts to the station for NASA.
NASA and SpaceX are planning a special treat for Crew-7’s arrival at the ISS on Sunday.
“We’re going to fly around the International Space Station and get some really cool photos,” Joel Montalbano, NASA’s space station program manager, told reporters afterward.