In pictures | SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor capsule docked at the International Space Station

The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor capsule docked at the International Space Station on Saturday, according to images broadcast live by NASA TV.

The first stage (soft capture) began at 09:08 GMT, at an altitude of 424 kilometers over the Indian Ocean.

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The second stage (static docking) occurred about ten minutes later, with a mechanism that closed the docking with a chain of 12 bolts between the International Space Station and the spacecraft.

“It’s hard to pick up more, welcome to Crew-2,” said US astronaut Shannon Walker, the current commander of the International Space Station.

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Endeavor captain, US astronaut Shane Kembrah, replied, “Thank you Shannon, we’re delighted to be here, and we’ll see you all in a few minutes.”

The vestibule between the capsule and the International Space Station is now under pressure so the doors of Endeavor and the space station can be opened.

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Gates are expected to open around 7:15 AM (11.15 AM GMT), with a welcome party for new arrivals at 7.45 AM (11.45 AM GMT).

The take-off took place at dawn at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, as it took the four crew members of the Crew-2 mission into space: Frenchman Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA), Americans Shane Kimbro, Megan MacArthur and Japanese Akihiko Hoshid.

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With the success of its first manned test flight in May 2020, Elon Musk’s private company SpaceX broke the Russian monopoly for flights to the International Space Station and restored the Americans the ability to accomplish this feat, after the shuttle program ended. Spaces in 2011.

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