A new four-man crew including two Americans, an Emirati and a Russian, has arrived at the International Space Station for a six-month mission.
SpaceX crew docks with International Space Station
A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule has arrived safely at the International Space Station, carrying two US astronauts, a Russian cosmonaut and a United Arab Emirates astronaut to begin a six-month science mission.
The autonomously flying spacecraft dubbed Endeavour docked to the space station shortly after 1.40am EST (1740 AEDT) on Friday, nearly 25 hours after launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The coupling was confirmed as the ISS and capsule flew in tandem at more than 28,000km/h some 240 kilometres above earth across the coast of East Africa, according to a live NASA webcast.
The four-member team was assigned to conduct more than 200 experiments and technology demonstrations aboard the space station, ranging from research on human cell growth in space to controlling combustible materials in microgravity.