Docking of SpaceX 'Resilience' to ISS underway

James Marshall
November 16, 2020

If you watched any of yesterday's SpaceX/NASA launch for a 5-6 month stay at the International Space Station (ISS) you got to learn a bit about Mike Hopkins and the other three astronauts who make up the crew.

If the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) isn't already cool enough, the team that just launched the first SpaceX Commercial Crew mission, also including a little plush The Child (aka Baby Yoda).

As a certain Star Wars character might say, "On board the SpaceX Dragon capsule, a special guest there is".

"This is another historic moment - it seems like every time I come to Kennedy [Space Center] we're making history, and this is no different", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a pre-launch news conference on Friday.

"The whole goal here is to commercialize our activities in low-Earth orbit", he added. Fortunately, the Crew Dragon uses only touchscreen controls, which is good since we know how much Baby Yoda loves flipping switches.

In explaining about the mission, NASA said, "An global crew of astronauts is en route to the worldwide Space Station following a successful launch on the first NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history". "But we're not done yet".

"That spacecraft is out there with those four precious crew members on it". The crew of this flight made a decision to take a piece of Star Wars to the stars with them, bringing along a plushie Baby Yoda, the true star of the hit Disney Plus series The Mandalorian.

Glover was born in Pomona and graduated from Ontario High School. He played football for the University of IL and, before becoming an astronaut in 2009, worked at the Pentagon.

President Donald Trump tweeted, "A great launch!"

"Now it is again the "hottest", most advanced, space center in the world, by far!" he tweeted.

SpaceX's newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, which the crew has dubbed Resilience, lifted off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7:27 p.m. eastern time (0027 GMT on Monday) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The crew will take part in a host of microgravity experiments while aboard the International Space Station.

This mission means the start of what NASA hopes will be years of the company SpaceX helping to keep the ISS fully staffed.

In following the traditions of spaceflight, the crew took a stowaway along for the ride.

SpaceX plans to reuse the booster in the latest mission on its next crewed flight, which is scheduled to launch next year carrying another crew of four astronauts. The successful launch builds on the previous success of the Demo-2 mission, in which NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley launched to and returned from the station during a flight test mission.

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