A NASA and SpaceX manned mission arrives at the International Space Station after a 30-hour journey


The NASA and SpaceX Crew-7 manned mission successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday aboard the Dragon Endurance spacecraft. 

This vessel, carrying an international crew of four members representing different countries, autonomously docked to the Harmony module's spaceport on the ISS at 9:16 AM (Eastern Time).

NASA livestreamed the arrival of Crew-7 on their YouTube channel. The Dragon spacecraft traveled for about 30 hours before reaching the orbital laboratory. 

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Two hours after docking, pressure will be equalized between the Endurance spacecraft and the ISS, allowing for the hatch to be opened and for the newcomers to meet the Expedition 69 astronauts.

Crew-7 marks the seventh joint NASA and SpaceX crewed mission to the ISS. The mission is led by NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli and Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency (ESA), who is the first Danish astronaut in history. 

The crew also includes astronauts Satoshi Furukawa from the Japanese space agency JAXA and Konstantin Borisov from the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

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The launch of Crew-7 took place at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and was described as "successful." 

Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, highlighted the collaboration between nations and the power of human ingenuity in this mission.

Crew-7 will join the Expedition 69 crew on the ISS, temporarily increasing the total number of crew members on the station to 11. Subsequently, the members of Crew-6 will return to Earth in the following days.