On November 17, 2020, the manned dragon spacecraft carrying four astronauts has successfully completed docking with the international space station.
The “dragon spacecraft” took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Sunday night local time. After 27 hours of fully automatic flight, it made a “soft capture” docking with the international space station at 11:01 p.m. EST on Monday, and completed the “hard capture” docking 15 minutes later. The four astronauts will enter the space station in a few hours and begin a six-month scientific mission in the orbital laboratory until another SpaceX dragon spacecraft is sent to replace them in April next year.
In the recent launch, SpaceX’s “dragon spacecraft” brought a surprise to the crew.
A “baby Yoda” was chosen as the “zero gravity indicator” for the mission to confirm that the spacecraft is in orbit and in microgravity.
When the “dragon spacecraft” separated from the Falcon 9 rocket, “baby Yoda” could be seen swinging happily around the cockpit, while the four astronauts were wearing seat belts and tied firmly to their seats.
This is not the first time a cute little doll has been used as a zero gravity indicator in a space mission.
In the Dragon spaceship test in May, the children of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley chose a Thunder Dragon doll named “tremor.”.
Last December, when Boeing’s CST-100 was pilotless, there was a Snoopy doll dressed as an astronaut on board.
In March 2019, during the first unmanned flight of “dragon spaceship”, a plush earth nicknamed “Earth” flew up.
Not everyone, however, is happy with the latest mascot choice: some Mandalorian viewers have attacked baby Yoda for possible genocide in the second season.
In Episode 10, passengers, which premiered on November 6, the Mandalorians are shipping frog lady from tatooinet to Trask. She carries a container containing her unfertilized eggs, which is the last one she can bear. She needs to get to her husband in time to fertilize the eggs, or their family will die out.
But throughout the episode, hungry baby Yoda tries to eat Mrs. frog’s eggs. Although many fans think these antics are “very funny”, there are also some people who feel uneasy about the character’s behavior.
Filmmaker Kevin Smith shares his disgust with baby Yoda’s cooking habits. “I try to explain to my kids that it’s not cute for baby Yoda to eat those eggs. It’s genocide,” filmmaker Kevin Smith tweeted He got thousands of compliments.
Phil Szostak, creative arts manager at Lucas pictures, tweeted that this childish behavior is to make people feel uneasy and funny.
“For the record, Episode 10 of the Mandalorians makes it clear that frog lady’s eggs are not fertilized, just like many of us like eggs,” he wrote
“But it’s clear that chickens are not sentimental creatures. Baby Yoda’s egg eating is a deliberate interference to achieve some kind of comic effect.”
This is the first test flight of the Dragon spacecraft between NASA and SpaceX. NASA began to allow commercial rockets to deliver astronauts to the space station, not just government operated spacecraft.
This is also the second time that Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has put a man into orbit with a “dragon spacecraft” through a falcon rocket. In addition, musk revealed on Saturday that he was “most likely” infected with the new coronavirus and forced to be quarantined. Gwen schotteville, President of SpaceX, took over his mission at Kennedy.
According to the latest news, after 27 hours of orbital pursuit, the Dragon spacecraft successfully transported four astronauts to the international space station for the first time. Crew-1 arrived at the international space station at 11:00 p.m. EST on November 16, accompanied by four members of “expedition64”, namely, Victor Glover of NASA, Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi of Japan’s Space Exploration Agency. They will stay there for six months. And of course, there’s baby Yoda
The “dragon spaceship” capsule is called “resilience”. “SpaceX, this is resilience. Well done, just in time. ” Hopkins told mission control after docking. “SpaceX and NASA, congratulations. This is a new era of operational flight from the coast of Florida to the international space station. “
The arrival of “resilience” marks the first time that a commercial spacecraft will send astronauts to the international space station (ISS) for a long stay. But crew-1 is not the first mission to use a commercial aircraft to send astronauts to the international space station; earlier this year, NASA astronauts Bob benken and Doug Hurley went to the station and stayed there for two months.
Crew-1 also marks the first time the international space station has seven long-term astronauts, instead of the usual six. Three other members of expedion64 had already boarded the international space station before the arrival of resilience: NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian astronauts Sergey rizkov and Sergey Kurd Sverchkov, who went to the international space station on October 14 by Russian Soyuz ms-17 spacecraft.
Due to the addition of an astronaut to the space station, there will be no room for astronauts to sleep in. As a result, resilience commander Hopkins plans to “lay the floor” on the Dragon ship, while his companions sleep on the space station – at least for now.
Last week, Hopkins told reporters at a pre launch press conference at the Kennedy Space Center, “we will continue to evaluate the entire launch process to ensure that it is a suitable place to set up a temporary sleep station.”
In 2011, after NASA’s space shuttle was retired, the United States completely relied on Russia to transport astronauts to and from the international space station with Russia’s Soyuz rocket and spacecraft. To reduce its dependence on Russia, NASA has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to build commercial aircraft to transport astronauts to and from the international space station.
Just before the launch of crew-1, SpaceX’s “dragon spacecraft” obtained a routine flight certificate to and from the international space station. Meanwhile, Boeing is still trying to successfully complete the first unmanned flight test of its “astronaut taxi” CST-100 starliner. Earlier, Boeing’s first attempt failed to reach the correct orbit due to a malfunction and had to return to earth before it rendezvous with the international space station. The second test flight is expected to take place sometime in 2021.
SpaceX has also signed a contract with NASA to deliver robotic supplies to the international space station. Since the “Dragon Ship” has been certified for regular manned exploration, the “Dragon Ship” will often appear in orbit.
“In the next 15 months, we will carry out seven crew and cargo missions for NASA. This means that starting with crew-1, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will remain in orbit. Starting from the crs-21 cargo mission scheduled to be launched on December 2, every time we launch the “dragon spacecraft”, there will be two “dragon spacecraft” that will stay in space for a long time at the same time Reed added.
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