Commercial Crew Astronauts Join Expedition 63

The Expedition 63 crew has expanded to five members
The Expedition 63 crew has expanded to five members with the arrival of the SpaceX Crew Dragon. (From left) Anatoly Ivanishin, Ivan Vagner, Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour have arrived at the International Space Station to join Expedition 63 Commander and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The crew members first opened the hatch between the space station and Dragon Endeavour at 1:02 p.m. EDT, allowing Hurley and Behnken to enter their new home in space as members of Expedition 63. The five crew members will hold a welcome ceremony next, after which the continuous coverage of the mission that began prior to launch will conclude.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will hold a news conference at 3:15 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss the successful docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Johnson Center Director Mark Geyer, International Space Station Program Deputy Manager Kenneth Todd, NASA Commercial Crew Program Deputy Manager Steve Stich, and NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren also will participate in the live media briefing broadcast on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

It is the second arrival and autonomous docking to the International Space Station for a Crew Dragon spacecraft and the first time any commercially built spacecraft has delivered astronauts to the orbiting laboratory.

Known as NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2, the mission is an end-to-end test flight to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including launch, in-orbit, docking and landing operations and pave the way for its certification for regular crew flights to the station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

For operational missions, Crew Dragon will be able to launch as many as four crew members and carry more than 220 pounds of cargo, enabling the expansion of the inhabitants of the space station, increasing the time dedicated to research in the unique microgravity environment, and returning more science back to Earth.

Follow along with mission activities and get more information at: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/. Learn more about commercial crew and space station activities by following @Commercial_Crew, @space_station, and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the Commercial Crew Facebook, ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts

15 thoughts on “Commercial Crew Astronauts Join Expedition 63”

  1. Congratulations to the team at SpaceX for this amazing mission! Also, God’s speed with Astronauts Behnken and Hurley on being the first ones to fly in Crew Dragon!

  2. Enhorabuena a todos , gracias a éstos astronautas en parte y a la tecnología que da pasos ajigantados, pronto la comunicación y el universo tendrán otra forma de llegar a todo el mundo ,un paso importantísimo ,gracias por hacerlo posible a todos

  3. I am in awe of this expedition!! It’s been way too long since we launched a manned spacecraft. God speed to everyone!

  4. Estou feliz que tudo correu bem da hora da transmissão até a chegada dos astronautas na SPACEX . Parabéns a todos pelo belíssimo trabalho de vocês. Daqui do Brasil eu torci muito pra dar tudo certo. Bjsss

  5. Congratulation for all entire team ! Im watching from Serbia ! This is incredible ! Greetings …Thanks

  6. Thank God for your safety and accomplishments. Want to also thank Elon Musk for his creativity and no fear to think. Thank you American Democracy and all democracies for allowing all of you to be the best human beings you can be. We Love All of you. ‍

    Watched Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, Moon Landing and now Space X/ NASA. You hard work influenced past and present generations and Now future generations. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS!

  7. I just wanted to see how much equipment went into building the spacestation. They gave it on the internet, but it was so fast, I did not get it. Really awesome.

  8. It was amazing to see the launch and hope the mission will be very useful for entire humanity all over the world. Good luck.

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