These are exciting times for SpaceX, NASA and humanity. The agency and private firm successfully managed to dock with their astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS).
After about 19 hours in transit, veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley docked with the orbiting laboratory. The docking was scheduled to occur at 10:30 a.m. EDT.
"We're looking forward to rendezvousing with the space station today," Hurley had radioed earlier to SpaceX's mission operations team in Hawthorne, California.
On another funny side note, the tune playing during their mission wake up call was "Planet Caravan" by Black Sabbath since both Behnken and Hurley are rock fans.
Regarding the mission, it should be noted that Behnken and Hurley won't immediately exit the Crew Dragon capsule. The vehicle's hatch will open two hours after docking at around 12:45 p.m. EDT.
That's when the new astronauts will join the crew already settled in the ISS: NASA colleague Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts, Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.
The new NASA astronauts were initially scheduled to be traveling to the ISS on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT.
Unfortunately, due to bad weather, the mission had to be postponed and actually took off on Saturday, May 30 at 3.22 pm EDT. The event marked the first time a privately owned company took humans to the ISS and the first time in years that astronauts flew to the ISS from American soil.
The now five-person crew aboard the ISS will hold a welcoming ceremony at 1:05 p.m. EDT in order to celebrate the historic mission. Congratulations to everyone involved in this truly impressive achievement.