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SpaceX just docked the first commercial spaceship built for astronauts to the International Space Station a?? what NASA calls a 'historic achievement'

SpaceX just docked the first commercial spaceship built for astronauts to the International Space Station a?? what NASA calls a 'historic achievement'
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Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, launched a commercial spaceship designed to fly NASA astronauts for the first time on Saturday.




The ship, called Crew Dragon, pulled off another first on Sunday morning: Its first docking with the International Space Station.




No people flew inside Crew Dragon (just cargo and a dummy), but crew already at the space station opened the hatch and greeted the spacecraft.




"Welcome to the new era in spaceflight," an astronaut said from inside SpaceX's ship.




Crew Dragon will try to leave the space station and return to Earth on Friday on a mission called Demo-1.



SpaceX has become the first company to design, build, launch, and now dock a commercial spaceship made for flying people to the International Space Station.
Elon Musk's rocket company launched the seven-seat vehicle, called Crew Dragon, on Saturday at 2:49 a.m. ET. By early morning on Sunday, the 14,000-lb space capsule had caught up to the football-field-size laboratory that orbits Earth.
After a series of safety checks, SpaceX began nudging Crew Dragon toward the front end of the space station. At 5:51 a.m. ET, it made soft contact with a docking node, engaged six arms, and latched on. About 11 minutes later, the spaceship tightly screwed itself to Node 2 of the space station.
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