Astronaut Anne McClain contained in the SpaceX Crew Dragon presently docked with the Worldwide House Station.

Video screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET / NASA TV

At 5:07 a.m. PT Sunday, a hatch was opened that had been shut and locked since 2011. Moments later, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko handed by the open pressurized mating adapter on the ahead finish of the Worldwide House Station and right into a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

It was the primary time people have entered a Crew Dragon whereas in area and the primary time something has handed by that hatch because the House Shuttle Atlantis docked to the ISS’ ahead finish in 2011.

The Crew Dragon was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy House Heart in Florida early Saturday morning.

It is a becoming milestone provided that Crew Dragon is considered one of two personal spacecraft, together with Boeing’s Starliner, that NASA has chosen to start ferrying astronauts to area as a part of its Business Crew program. No astronauts have been launched to area from American soil since that remaining shuttle flight in 2011, with the journey to orbit being dealt with by Russian Soyuz craft as an alternative.

NASA beneath the Trump administration and new chief Jim Bridenstine has made returning crewed launches to the US a prime precedence

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“Our honest congratulations to all earthlings who’ve enabled the opening of this subsequent chapter in area exploration,” NASA astronaut Anne McClain mentioned from aboard the ISS throughout a welcoming ceremony for the Crew Dragon.

Over the subsequent few days the ISS crew will examine the within of the Crew Dragon, take pictures of its home windows to doc how they weathered the journey and unload some provides that made the journey together with a dummy named Ripley and a luxurious Little Earth doll used as a “tremendous excessive tech zero-g indicator,” based on SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

The Crew Dragon is about to detach from the ISS on Friday morning earlier than returning to Earth. A crewed check launch of the Crew Dragon with precise astronauts aboard may happen as quickly as July. 

“Welcome to the brand new period in area flight,” McClain mentioned from contained in the capsule, framed by Ripley and Little Earth.