After the launch from Cape Canaveral on November 15, the crew of NASA SpaceX Crew-1 arrived safely at the International Space Station in 27 hours.
NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese Soichi Noguchi docked at 23:01 and Kate Rubins opened the hatch at 01:02. The new residents of the ISS were greeted by smiles and hugs – this is acceptable, because the astronauts on Earth before the start of the mandatory quarantine.
During the meeting ceremony Commander Hopkins said: “We are looking forward to the next 6 months to complete all plans”. This is Hopkins and Walker’s second visit to the station and Soichi Noguchi’s third visit. This is the first time Victor Glover has been to the ISS.
This mission marks the first time that the number of the crew of the long-duration space station expedition will increase from six to seven members, which will allow more scientific research. It is also the first full-scale SpaceX mission to use the Dragon capsule to deliver people after a test launch in May. Now the Americans have regained the ability to serve their space missions from their own territory.