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SpaceX Crew-7 Dragon capsule docks at the space station with an international team of astronauts (video)

SpaceX Crew-7 Dragon capsule docks at the space station with an international team of astronauts (video)

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday (August 27) to transport a new crew of astronauts to the orbiting laboratory to begin a half-year mission.

The Crew Dragon Endurance capsule has docked on the International Space Station (ISS). It’s 9:16 a.m. EDT (1313 GMT), as it parks itself in a port facing space on the U.S.-built Harmony Module at the outpost after flying in a wide loop around the orbital outpost. Dragon and the station were rising 261 miles above Australia at the time.

“Thank you very much,” Crew 7 Commander Jasmine Moqbely of NASA said over the radio to SpaceX Mission Control after the successful docking. “I always have to remind myself that this is not a dream.”

SpaceX’s Crew-7 Dragon capsule is seen with the nose cone open before docking with the blue Earth below in this view from the International Space Station on August 27, 2023. (Image credit: NASA TV)

The docking marks the end of a nearly 30-hour journey for the four-person capsule crew, which lifted off in the early hours of Saturday from NASA’s Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. But it’s also the beginning of something bigger, a six-month assignment for Moqbeli and her three crewmates.