SpaceX successfully completes the historic mission as Crew Dragon docks and finally NASA astronauts enter to the ISS safely, now what next?

NASA and SpaceX successfully complete “Launch America” mission as Crew astronauts join with the ISS Expedition 63

Finally, the “Launch America” mission comes to an end today. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken onboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule have arrived at the International Space Center successfully. More importantly, their journey was a safe one. They have now joined their NASA colleague and Expedition 63 commander Chris Cassidy, and Russian cosmonauts Ivan Vagner, and Anatoli Ivanishin. The crew members arrived at the docking platform well before time. They had to wait in the docking station for almost two hours before they were let in.

The crew members opened the hatch between the capsule and ISS at around 1:02 P.M. EDT. Then, Astronauts Behnken and Hurley stepped on the space station, which is now going to be their new home for almost 4 months now. This historic mission starts NASA’s journey into the commercial crew program of 2020.

NASA and SpaceX: What’s next for them

SpaceX completed its most important mission by far, successfully. This was the second arrival and autonomous docking of an aircraft in the International Space Station. This is also the first time a commercially built spacecraft delivered astronauts to the orbiting laboratory of ISS.

The arrival of the two astronauts onboard the ISS is by far one of the most exciting events in the world. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will hold a news conference at 3:15 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss the successful docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The Demo-2 mission is actually an end-to-end flight test for a much bigger crew mission. The flight test helped understand transportation systems, docking and landing sensibilities, and an in-orbit docking method. NASA will soon be out with its new spacecraft for the Commercial crew Program of 2020.

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