NASA has relied on Russian Federation to ferry its astronauts to the space station since the end of the USA space shuttle program in 2011 after a 30-year run.
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While NASA broadcast video of everything from the launch to the docking, McClain's image of the capsule nearing the ISS should stand out as one of the most memorable documents of the Demo-1 test flight.
SpaceX's unmanned Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked at the International Space Station yesterday, bringing the USA company one step closer to its goal of sending people into space. "I thought maybe we'd have a 10 percent chance of reaching orbit starting out", Silicon Valley billionaire Musk said of his feelings when he founded the space company in 2002. According to NPR, astronauts aboard the ISS had been in a position to board the Crew Dragon round 7:07 a.m. time in Houston, the place NASA employees have been watching the occasion, and later returned without oxygen masks to correctly examine the craft.
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As the capsule closed in on the space station, its nose cap was wide open like a dragon's mouth to expose the docking mechanism. This work included installation of the intramodule ventilation system, which helps cycle air from Crew Dragon to station. During a crewed flight at the process would also be deployed automatically, but the astronauts will be able to activate or change specific steps of the process. On March 8 it will separate again and splash down in the Atlantic Ocean. It was in 2011 when NASA lost such ability after it retired its space shuttle fleet.