This Sunday at 16h22 French time, the capsule Crew, Dragon and his two american astronauts were lashed to the international space Station, at the end of a journey started 19 hours earlier from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The hatch between Dragon and the space station should now be depressurized before the hatch of the capsule is opened. The two veterans of the space, a former military pilot, will then be the current inhabitants of the station, two Russians and an American. "It was an honor to be a part of this effort, nine years since the last time an american vehicle has docked to the international space station," said Doug Hurley, 53-year-old.The two american astronauts, during the placing on orbit of the rocket SpaceX. AFPÀ also read : SpaceX succeeds in launching the historic to the space Station internationaleLa capsule is able to join as expected the orbit of the earth. MANDEL NGAN / AFP
in Spite of a stormy weather "acceptable", the capsule is able to join as expected the orbit of the earth. It has put 19 hours to return to the international space station ISS.The launch of the rocket Falcon 9. THOM BAUR / REUTERSLa rocket has put 19 hours to get to the ISS. JOE SKIPPER / REUTERS
capsule Dragon has embedded two astronauts on board. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will live four months in the international space station. Inspired by the first american astronaut, Alan Shepard, Doug Hurley has launched "Light this candle !" at the time of the firing.
The ascent hypersonic was broadcast live by cameras inside the capsule Crew Dragon, and the quiet times in orbit, the two astronauts were treated to a guided tour, doing somersaults in zero gravity.Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken at the edge of the capsule Dragon. - / AFP
earlier, the two astronauts dressed in space suits SpaceX, has left the building operations and control Neil A. Armstrong to the launch complex 39A to climb aboard the spaceship SpaceX Crew Dragon for the launch of the mission-Demo-2.astronaut Robert Behnken. BILL INGALS / AFPL'astronaut Douglas Hurley. BILL INGALS / AFP
meanwhile, inside the room, firing four of the Center's launch control at the Kennedy space Center of NASA, Norm Knight, deputy director of flight operations at the Johnson space Centre at NASA, watching the launch.Norm Knight, deputy director of flight operations at the Johnson space Centre of NASA. NASA / via REUTERS
In the same room, Ken Bowersox, associate administrator ad interim of the Directorate of missions for the exploration and exploitation human of NASA, left, and Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA, will also monitor the take-off.Ken Bowersox, associate administrator ad interim of the Directorate of missions for the exploration and exploitation human of NASA, left, and Steve Jurczyk, deputy administrator of NASA. NASA / via REUTERSLe timer indicating the time since take-off at Nasa. STEVE NESIUS / REUTERSL'former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman holds a panel on which it is written "take me with you" before the launch of the rocket. JOEY ROULETTE / REUTERSÀ also read : SpaceX gives the United States their autonomy in spaceflight
For the event, which had more product for the past nine years, many Americans gathered for the bridge A. Max Brewer.The crowd witness the takeoff from the bridge A. Max Brewer. RED HUBER / AFPMalgré the virus is always present, the people gathered to witness the rocket launch SpaceX Falcon 9. SCOTT AUDETTE / REUTERS
This mission is the beginning of a new era in the history of space exploration as the rocket was built by a private firm. Up to now, only the governments were the source of the spaceflight. In this case, the rocket and the capsule Dragon has been developed by the company SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk.The founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, is celebrating the successful launch of the rocket. STEVE NESIUS / REUTERS
Donald Trump was again present at Cape Kennedy. The american president had already made the trip all the way to Florida on Wednesday last to attend the event, but he had had to be cancelled.Donald Trump was present at Cape Kennedy. MANDEL NGAN / AFP
The Russian space agency has ironisé Sunday on the"hysteria" exhibited by Donald Trump. "This power, this technology is incredible," said Donald Trump, promising that the Americans would soon walk on Mars and that the United States would soon "weapons, the most extraordinary ever imagined".
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