NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts are en route to the International Space Station following a successful launch on the first NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifted off at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), into orbit to begin a six-month science mission aboard the space station.
After reaching orbit, mission teams and the crew prepared for their continued journey to the space station. Teams on the ground moved the spacecraft, named Resilience, into the proper configuration for the trip, and the crew removed their SpaceX spacesuits and prepared the cabin as they wind down their first day in space.
SpaceX engineers completed troubleshooting on heater controls associated with Crew Dragon’s propellant system, and updated the crew. Flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, determined the control limits were set too tightly and resolved the issue by resetting the limits and rebooting the heaters. They have verified that the heaters are working properly.
Resilience will dock autonomously to the forward port of the station’s Harmony module about 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. NASA Television and the agency’s website are providing ongoing live coverage through docking, hatch opening, and the ceremony to welcome the crew aboard the orbiting laboratory.
14 thoughts on “SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Continue Journey to Station”
Absolutely incredible, watched the live preparations and lift off, so amazing, good luck guys, will be watching you all over the coming months, keep safe.
Had to wake up earlier in the morning to watch every detail from Kenya. It was amazing.
GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES TO THE NEW TEAM OF CREWS Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi
Congratulations, another major achievement to pave the way to mars and beyond..stay safe..cheers
Watched the extensive coverage on NASA TV. It was great. You maybe need a mockup model with people inside showing the flat screen panel displays like in the old TV network days.
I watched every minute. Had several TVs on throughout the house so I could move around. It’s an amazing thing to watch. I am excited going forward to watch space dad Bob’s wife to go up in the spring if that’s still planned? Be safe and enjoy. Will be watching you all for every event. God speed!
My very best wishes to all the crew on their journey, by golly I wished I was up there with you all, may your work and your safe return home be another great step for us ordinary passengers to visit and experience a wonderful trip into space some day, good luck and be safe out there. Regards from Paul Brunton, Gillingham Kent, England, Earth.
The coverage of the launch was amazing and so well done. It so nice that NASA is making operation of the iSS so available to the public.
Keep Aiming High..Higher and Higher♡
A beautiful, amazing launch and mission. Watched NASA TV for 3 or 4 hours Sunday, will check in daily!
Absolutely Wonderful..I Was Fourteen Years Old When John Glenn Orbited The Earth. Now At Seventy Four And To Experience Space X Flights Make Me Feel Like A Kid Again Full Of Wonder N Awe…
All this is incredibly phenomenal and I am watching and keeping up with everything that is to come and observe!
Best wishes to the four SpaceX crew members! We will be praying for you! We love you and hope that your 6-month mission will be very successful. I am 7 years old and would love to work on the ISS someday!