“Houston, Station — looks like we got us a Dragon by the tail.” NASA Astronaut Don Pettit, Expedition 31 Flight Engineer
Space history has been made today! At 11:02 a.m. CDT, NASA’s Houston mission control announced a successful berth of the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the Harmony Node of the International Space Station, making it the first commercial vehicle to ever dock with the ISS, as well as the first U.S. spacecraft to dock since the STS-135 Atlantis shuttle in July 2011.
Total mission time since launch: 3 days, 11 hours and 18 minutes.
A great day in space!
Videos of the official berthing time and earlier capture by the Canadarm 2 are below:
And here’s a photo of the Dragon taken from the ISS during the previous day’s fly-under:
Packed with nearly 1200 pounds of supplies and experiments, the Dragon’s connection will be tested to ensure proper pressure on both sides before the hatch is opened tomorrow morning, with NASA coverage beginning at 5:30 a.m. EDT.