Crew Dragon, for astronauts ‘smells like a new car’ – Space & Astronomy

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The Crew Dragon shuttle “it smells like a new car: when we opened the hatch it was clear that it was a new vehicle”. During the press conference from the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy said that yesterday in the role of commander he welcomed astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who arrived after 19 hours of flight on the SpaceX shuttle . From the Space Station “we followed the launch of the shuttle with great enthusiasm,” says Cassidy. “While watching the docking maneuvers yesterday – he adds – I was struck by the fact that this small approaching dot that had to be hooked to a piece of metal that was 15 meters away from me. From a technical point of view it was splendid to see how everything was going on: from the historical point of view, it was an impressive day. I am proud to have been part of it “.

First press conference for the two pioneers of the new private space era, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who on Sunday reached the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon, the first private transport shuttle of people who restored the ability to bring men into orbit after nine years of a Russian monopoly. A few hours after docking at the Space Station, the two astronauts begin their historic demonstration mission alongside their Expedition 63 colleagues, NASA commander Chris Cassidy, and the Russians Ivan Vagner and Anatoli Ivanishin.

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