SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with the ISS at 5:51 a.m. ET, approximately 27-hours after blasting into orbit from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Dragon V2 connected with a docking port on the station’s Harmony module as it cruised 250 miles over the Pacific Ocean. “Congratulations to all the teams on a successful docking,” said NASA astronaut Anne McClain who radioed Mission Control from aboard the space station. It will now spend the next five days attached to ISS and return to Earth in an Atlantic Ocean splashdown on Friday morning (March 8). Read more to see astronauts inspecting the unit.
“The spacecraft docked itself at the space station in a first for SpaceX, whose cargo-only versions of the Dragon spacecraft had to be captured by a robotic arm controlled by astronauts and then attached to the station. Crew Dragon docked itself at a new parking spot on the station called an International Docking Adapter,” reports Space.com.