Dragon capsule crew members enter space station
Dateline: 31 May 2020 - Space
Date: 05/31/2020 07:33 PM
Space - 31 May 2020
1. Dragon capsule crew preparing to enter International Space Station (ISS), dragon mascot floating in capsule
2. Dragon capsule crew enter space station, are welcomed by ISS crew and all five sit down
3. Various of SpaceX Dragon capsule docking with International Space Station
4. Various of crew
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The two US test pilots onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule entered the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday.
The capsule carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken pulled up to the station hours earlier and docked automatically, no assistance needed.
It was the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried astronauts to the orbiting lab in its nearly 20 years.
The docking occurred barely 19 hours after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center.
It was the nationâ€™s first astronaut launch to orbit from home soil in nearly a decade.
NASA considers the operation the opening volley in a business revolution encircling Earth and eventually stretching to the moon and Mars.