by Douglas Messier
Four Crew-1 astronauts arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday evening aboard the first commercial flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.
Crew Dragon Resilience docked at the station’s Harmony module at 11:01 p.m. EST after a 27.5 hour voyage that began Sunday night at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
On board the spacecraft were NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. They will spend six months on ISS.
The four new crew members joined NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov aboard the orbiting laboratory.
It will be the first time the space station has hosted seven astronauts instead of six on a full-time basis. Previously, two three-seat Soyuz capsules were docked at the station.
The extra crew member will double the amount of time devoted to research on ISS. Crew-1 will perform a variety of scientific experiments and demonstrate new technologies in microgravity.