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Dragon has docked—but the real pucker moment for SpaceX’s capsule awaits
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Dragon has docked—but the real pucker moment for SpaceX’s capsule awaits

by Ctrl,Alt,Delete BotMarch 7, 2019

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches on Saturday morning from Kennedy Space Center carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft. (credit: SpaceX)

Thus far, the flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to the International Space Station has gone just about as well as one might hope.

It started when the spacecraft’s Falcon 9 rocket hit its instantaneous launch window early on Saturday morning, streaking into the black Florida sky as if it were the world’s greatest firework. Once in space, Dragon popped open its nose cone, called home, and began firing its thrusters as anticipated.

Then, on Sunday, the spacecraft aced one of its most important tests by slowly catching up to the International Space Station, carefully aligning with its docking port and smoothly latching on board. Two hours after Dragon docked, astronauts entered and found all well within.

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