Launching American astronauts to the International Space Station on American-made rocket and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle last flown nearly 9 years ago – NASA and SpaceX Demo 2 Mission
Two astronauts are getting ready for their journey.
Astronaut Doug Hurley getting into his spacesuit and he’s being helped by one of the suit technicians.
NASA administrator Jim Breidenstein talking to the crew and associated administrator Jim Morhard is also in the room standing next to the Administrator Jim Breidenstein.
NASA administrator is getting selfies with two astronauts. These are great moments to get last chance to talk to the senior leadership of NASA as they’re about to go off and launch into the cosmos.
Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken are coming out from the astronaut crew quarters, (Doug on the left, Bob on the right) waving to the crowd there to cheer them on.
There are their families in front of them, giving virtual hugs and kisses to each other – special moments with family members.
Getting into the Tesla Model X that’s going to take them to the launchpad being strapped into their seats – their suit techs are attaching their umbilicals.
Tesla model x is speeding up to the launch pad.
Passing the SpaceX company.
The Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon are on the pad – ready to go up.
Doug and Bob are gotten out of the car and they are walking up to the elevator that will carry them all the way to the 255-foot level – corn countdown one at two hours 56 minutes the crew has arrived at the pad on schedule.
The crew has arrived at the pad – they make their way up the stairs and they are headed to the crew access arm.
They climbed into Dragon and buckled and settled themselves into the seats and attached their umbilicals to their suits. They’re in down position just to make it easier to climb in and out of Dragon – seats are in the launch position.
Falcon 9 is in the startup. FTS (Flight Termination System) is armed for launch. The countdown has started.
Ignition- Liftoff- the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon just started the journey.
America has launched. The rise of a new era of space flight.
30 seconds into the historic mission.
Throttling down the Merlin engines on the first stage. Falcon stage separation confirmed.
The second stage – Bob and Doug continuing to make their way into orbit – Dragon separation confirmed at 12 minutes after the launch. Dragon is now officially making its way to the Internation Space Station.
A great view from a camera behind the astronauts – Bob on the right-hand seat, the pilot seat, and Doug in the commander seat.
Doug and Bob are calling from the Dragon.
Docking Day – 31.05.2020
A new day has risen. Our beautiful Earth – view from the Dragon
The two astronauts brought the apatosaurus of both of their sons who are super interested in dinosaurs. They collected up all dinosaurs between the two houses and this apatosaur got the vote from the boys to make the trip into space with them.
Bob said that both of their sons are pretty happy about that with their pet dinosaur making it into orbit and having a good night in zero gravity.
Dragon is approaching waypoint zero – slow (1.7 meters per second ) and a steady approach to the station – this moment was less than a mile away from the station.
Trajectory has converged on – Dragon pointed in the right direction on its way to that waypoint. And crews on the International Space station is ready for their docking. The gap is about 4 minutes of space.
It’s 7:16 am Pacific time with the station and the Dragon flying 262 statute miles right over the border between Northern China and Mongolia. The Dragon SpaceX docking sequence is complete. Dragon is arriving – the crew of ISS is honored to welcome Dragon.
Bob and Doug were welcome to the International Space Station – docking of the first crew Dragon vehicle for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle. They have completed a historic ride to the ISS and have opened up a new chapter in human space exploration on behalf of the flight control teams in Houston and Hawthorne California.
At 12:02 p.m Central time, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley opened the hatch to the ISS after launching on a US vehicle for the first time in 9 years – the first time ever commercially built spacecraft.
In this picture, you can see the Bob Behnken from SpaceX demo 2 mission entering the International Space Station. And followed by Doug Hurley.
Demo 2 crew now at the International Space Station – they entered at 12:22 p.m Central time – Exchanging hugs and greeting with the ISS crew.
All gathered in front of the cameras at the node to forward end of the International Space Station – just behind them is the hatchway to the crew Dragon on his Demo 2 mission. And talking to the NASA Administrator and crew.
NASA administrator gives his greetings to Bob and Doug saying the whole world saw this mission and that they are so proud of everything they have done for the country and in fact to inspire the world.
Doug Hurley said that he appreciates it and it’s obviously been their honor to be just a small part of the mission and gave credits to SpaceX the commercial crew program and to NASA. And he further said it’s great to get the United States back in the crude launch business and that they’re really glad to be on board this magnificent complex.
NASA administrator Jim Breidenstein gave the microphone to the senator Cruz and he added, “well, Congratulations gentlemen, the eyes of the world are upon you and everyone is proud of you. All of America is watching you. We’re glad to see it landed safely and docked. ”
Finally, the NASA team took group photos with the International Space Station crew and Dragon crew, viewing on the screen behind them.