Space X Dragon Docks to ISS– Expedition 69 Welcomes NASA Crew -7 Members Aboard Station

SpaceX Dragon Endurance Crew Ship Harmony Module

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The Space X Dragon Endurance team ship is envisioned from a window aboard the Space X Dragon Endeavour team ship. Endurance is docked to the Harmony module’s forward-facing port while Endeavour is docked to Harmony’s space-facing port on the International SpaceStation (Photo handled April 12, 2022.) Credit: NASA

< period class ="glossaryLink" aria-describedby ="tt" data-cmtooltip ="<div class=glossaryItemTitle>NASA</div><div class=glossaryItemBody>Established in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government that succeeded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. Its vision is &quot;To discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.&quot; Its core values are &quot;safety, integrity, teamwork, excellence, and inclusion.&quot; NASA conducts research, develops technology and launches missions to explore and study Earth, the solar system, and the universe beyond. It also works to advance the state of knowledge in a wide range of scientific fields, including Earth and space science, planetary science, astrophysics, and heliophysics, and it collaborates with private companies and international partners to achieve its goals.</div>" data-gt-translate-attributes=" [{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]" > NASA astronautJasminMoghbeli, ESA(< period class ="glossaryLink" aria-describedby ="tt" data-cmtooltip ="<div class=glossaryItemTitle>European Space Agency</div><div class=glossaryItemBody>The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration and study of space. ESA was established in 1975 and has 22 member states, with its headquarters located in Paris, France. ESA is responsible for the development and coordination of Europe&#039;s space activities, including the design, construction, and launch of spacecraft and satellites for scientific research and Earth observation. Some of ESA&#039;s flagship missions have included the Rosetta mission to study a comet, the Gaia mission to create a 3D map of the Milky Way, and the ExoMars mission to search for evidence of past or present life on Mars.</div>" data-gt-translate-attributes="[{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]" >EuropeanSpaceAgency) astronautAndreasMogensen,< period class ="glossaryLink" aria-describedby ="tt" data-cmtooltip ="<div class=glossaryItemTitle>JAXA</div><div class=glossaryItemBody>Formed in 2003, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was born through the merger of three institutions, namely the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). JAXA performs various activities related to aerospace, from basic research in the aerospace field to development and utilization and is responsible for research, technology development, and launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in advanced missions such as asteroid exploration and possible human exploration of the Moon.</div>" data-gt-translate-attributes=" [{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]" > JAXA(JapanAerospaceExplorationAgency) astronautSatoshiFurukawa, and< period class ="glossaryLink" aria-describedby ="tt" data-cmtooltip ="<div class=glossaryItemTitle>Roscosmos</div><div class=glossaryItemBody>Roscosmos, also known as the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, is the Russian government agency responsible for space activities, including the development and operation of spacecraft, launch vehicles, and space stations. It was formed in 2015 through the merger of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the United Rocket and Space Corporation. Roscosmos is responsible for Russia&#039;s space program and works closely with other international space agencies on joint projects, such as the International Space Station. The agency is also involved in a wide range of space-related activities, including scientific research, earth observation, telecommunications, and manned spaceflight.</div>" data-gt-translate-attributes="[{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]" >Roscosmos cosmonautKonstantinBorisov reached the< period class ="glossaryLink" aria-describedby ="tt" data-cmtooltip ="<div class=glossaryItemTitle>International Space Station</div><div class=glossaryItemBody>The International Space Station (ISS) is a large spacecraft in orbit around the Earth that serves as a research laboratory and spaceport for international collaboration in space exploration. It was launched in 1998 and has been continuously occupied by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts from around the world since 2000. The ISS is a joint project of five space agencies: NASA (USA), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada). It orbits the Earth at an altitude of approximately 400 kilometers (250 miles), and provides a unique platform for scientific research, technological development, and human space exploration.</div>" data-gt-translate-attributes="[{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]" >InternationalSpaceStation as the< period class ="glossaryLink" aria-describedby ="tt" data-cmtooltip ="<div class=glossaryItemTitle>SpaceX</div><div class=glossaryItemBody>Commonly known as SpaceX, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company that was founded by Elon Musk in 2002. Headquartered in Hawthorne, California, the company designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. SpaceX&#039;s ultimate goal is to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars.</div>" data-gt-translate-attributes="[{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]" >Space XDragon, calledEndurance, docked to the complex at 9:16 a.m.< period class ="glossaryLink" aria-describedby ="tt" data-cmtooltip ="<div class=glossaryItemTitle>EDT</div><div class=glossaryItemBody>EDT is an abbreviation for Eastern Daylight Time, the time zone for the eastern coast of the United States and Canada when observing daylight saving time (spring/summer). It is four hours behind Coordinated Universal Time. New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, and the Kennedy Space Center are in the Eastern Time Zone (ET).</div>" data-gt-translate-attributes="[{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]" > EDT onSunday while the station was261 statute miles overQueensland,Australia

SpaceX Dragon Endurance Spacecraft Approaches ISS

TheSpace XDragonEndurance spacecraft approaches the spaceport station as it skyrockets overOntario onAugust27,2023 Credit: NASA TELEVISION

FollowingDragon’s link to theHarmony module, the astronauts aboard theDragon and the spaceport station started carrying out basic leakage checks and pressurization in between the spacecraft in preparation for hatch opening.

At10:58 a.m. EDT, theDragon spacecraft hatch was opened.This was quickly after the station team opened the hatch in between the spaceport station and the pressurized breeding adapter.(********** )

NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Portrait

The authoritiesCrew -7 picture.From left,KonstantinBorisov ofRoscosmos,AndreasMogensen of ESA,JasminMoghbeli of NASA, andSatoshiFurukawa of JAXA.Credit:BillStafford andRobertMarkowitz, NASA

Crew -7 signs up with theExpedition69 team of NASA astronautsStephenBowen,WoodyHoburg, andFrankRubio, along with UAE astronaut(UnitedArabEmirates) astronautSultanAlneyadi, andRoscosmos cosmonautsSergeyProkopyev,DmitriPetelin, andAndreyFedyaev

This increases the variety of team aboard the spaceport station to11 individuals. This will just last for a brief time up untilCrew -6 membersBowen,Hoburg,Alneyadi, andFedyaev go back toEarth in a couple of days.

NASA television will continue live protection through the inviting event at around11:30 a.m.