Astronauts Perform Habitability Assessment of SpaceX Crew Dragon While in Orbit

NASA Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during docked operations with the International Space Station
NASA Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley completed a habitability assessment of the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft on Wednesday, July 8, while docked to the International Space Station. Now part of Expedition 63, Behnken and Hurley arrived at the space station in May aboard Crew Dragon for NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The crew performed a series of tests to verify Crew Dragon’s features and function’s while in orbit around Earth, including opening and closing the hatch, operating Dragon’s waste system, and moving cargo back into the vehicle. View the habitability assessment here.

As part of the demonstration, Space Station commander Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin joined the duo inside the spacecraft to test how a sleeping configuration would work with four people. Behnken and Hurley will continue to test Crew Dragon’s systems and perform science and maintenance onboard station until their return to Earth.

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