SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule successfully began docking to the International Space Station on Saturday morning, the day after the rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center.

During his six-month mission, the team led by Thomas Pesquet will be responsible for carrying out around 100 scientific experiments.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, the private company that has imposed itself on NASA to transport humans into space, successfully docked to the International Space Station on Saturday morning, with four astronauts on board including Frenchman Thomas Pesquet.

Named Endeavor, the capsule docked with the Harmony module around 11:10 a.m.

The event was broadcast live by the US Space Agency, as was the ceremony to welcome the new arrivals.

The first phase began at 11:10 am 424 kilometers above the Indian Ocean.


In addition to Thomas Pesquet for the European Space Agency (ESA), the three other crew members of the Crew-2 mission are Americans Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur and Japanese Akihiko Hoshide.

This is the third such mission for SpaceX since the United States resumed manned space flights.


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The takeoff took place at dawn on Friday at the Kennedy Space Center, to applause in the SpaceX control room. "It's great to be back in space," said Shane Kimbrough upon entering orbit. The astronauts, who have all been in space, were visible thanks to a camera on board their Dragon ship. The first stage of the rocket came off and landed on a platform at sea on Friday.