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'We've doubled the number of nationalities on board the International Space Station' as all-European SpaceX Ax-3 astronauts dock at the space station

'We've doubled the number of nationalities on board the International Space Station' as all-European SpaceX Ax-3 astronauts dock at the space station

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Freedom arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) early Saturday carrying four astronauts from the special Ax-3 mission to begin a two-week stay at the orbiting laboratory.

The Ax-3 launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday (Jan. 18), beginning a roughly 36-hour orbital chase. That chase ended today (Jan. 20) at 5:42 a.m. EDT (1042 GMT), when the Freedom ship docked in the forward port on the station's Harmony module while the two spacecraft cruised 262 miles above the South Pacific Ocean. Ax-3 is SpaceX's third private human spaceflight for Axiom Space, which has carried nine people to the station since 2022.