Washington: Four US flight engineers, Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Soichi Noguchi docked the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to the US module last November.
The spacecraft was launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center with four astronauts,
This also marks the first fully operational crewed mission for SpaceX, following up a test mission in May that carried NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, both test pilots, to the space station for a brief stay.
The safe docking marks the end of the first leg of a landmark mission for NASA and SpaceX, which have been working together for a decade to return human spaceflight capabilities to the United States and ensure the multibillion-dollar ISS stays fully staffed.
These US astronauts living aboard the ISS orbital output will surpass the record of 84 days which was set by Skylab crew in February of 1974. They will break the record on Sunday for most days in space by a crew.
“They will surpass the record of 84 days set by the Skylab crew on February 8,1974”, NASA said.
The Skylab crew in 1974, consists of 4 crew members. NASA astronauts Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson and William Pogue, docked their Apollo spacecraft to the Skylab space station 47 years to the day when the SpaceX crew docked to the orbiting lab, NASA estimated.