The first private spacecraft successfully docked to the ISS

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SpaceX’s new US manned spacecraft Crew Dragon docked to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA reports.

On board Dragon, which was developed and owned by a private SpaceX company, were astronauts Daglas Harley and Robert Benken. They successfully boarded the International Space Station. The ISS crew consists of Russians Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, as well as American Chris Cassidy.

The first ever manned launch made by a private company was carried out by SpaceX Ilona Mask. The Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spaceship launched from the launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida. On board the ship are two American astronauts Bob Benken and Doug Hurley, which will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS).

This launch was the first US manned flight since 2011 when the Space Shuttle program closed. Since then, astronauts on the ISS were delivered on Soyuz spacecraft.

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