After nearly a day of flight, the US Space Exploration Technology Corporation manned “Dragon” spacecraft carrying four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday (April 24) and successfully docked with it.
According to NASA, the spacecraft automatically docked with the space station at 5:08 Eastern Time on the 24th. After checking the spacecraft for air leaks and air pressure, the astronauts opened the hatch and entered the space station.
Xinhua News Agency reported that the four astronauts participating in the mission were American astronauts Kimbro and MacArthur, Japanese astronaut Akira Hoshide, and European Space Agency astronaut Peskai. This is also the first time that the manned “Dragon” spacecraft has carried European astronauts.
According to reports, the four astronauts will stay on the space station for about six months to carry out a series of scientific experiments, including studying the impact of the microgravity environment on human health.
This is the first time that the “Dragon” spacecraft carried out a conventional commercial manned space mission after November last year, and once again sent astronauts to the space station for regular rotation. This is also the first time in the history of aerospace that a spacecraft-like manned spacecraft has been successfully reused.