SpaceX astronauts land safely at International Space Station for NASA

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with a smooth docking.

Falcon 9 launched

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft was launched from Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.

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Crew performing final close out procedures

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken onboard before the hatch opened to the International Space Station. The crew was completing final close out procedures before entering the ISS after the hatch was opened between the two vessels.

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Firing room

Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken onboard seen on monitors inside firing room four as the spacecraft approaches to the International Space Station for docking.

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Post-hatch opening

Crew Dragon astronauts Douglas Hurley(R) and Robert Behnken (2ndR) arriving after the hatch opened to the International Space Station

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Arriving at ISS

The two astronauts arriving after the hatch opened to the International Space Station on May 31, 2020 with other astronauts.

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Nine long years

They are the first two American astronauts to arrive at the International Space Station after nine years.

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No bumpy roads

With the test pilots poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed.

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