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The hatch between the newly arrived SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and the Harmony module of the International Space Station was opened by NASA astronaut Don Pettit at 3:53 a.m. EDT (0953 GMT)as the complex flew to the west of Auckland, New Zealand.
“…smells like a new car” astronaut Pettit said
Video of Hatch opening
Capture complete! official time 9:56am EDT flying above Australia
Dragon approaching station.
Upcoming 5-25 Berthing:
- 2 a.m. – SpaceX/Dragon ISS Rendezvous and Berthing Coverage – JSC (All Channels)
- 1 p.m. – Mission Status Briefing – JSC (All Channels)
Dragon just passed 8000 ft below the ISS
There will be NASA TV coverage tomorrow
May 24, Thursday TV schedule
- 2:30 a.m. – SpaceX/Dragon Fly-Under Coverage – JSC (All Channels)
- 10 a.m. – Mission Status Briefing – JSC (All Channels)
- 11 a.m. – ISS Update – JSC (All Channels)
What will happen during berthing:
Spacecraft separated and solar arrays deployed!!!
Mission Highlights: During the mission, Dragon must perform a series of complex tasks, each presenting significant technical challenges (dates subject to change):
- May 22/Launch Day: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches a Dragon spacecraft into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
- May 23: Dragon orbits Earth as it travels toward the International Space Station.
- May 24: Dragon’s sensors and flight systems are subject to a series of complicated tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station; these tests include maneuvers and systems checks that see the vehicle come within 1.5 miles of the station.
- May 25: NASA decides if Dragon is allowed to attempt to berth with the station. If so, Dragon approaches; it is captured by station’s robotic arm and attached to the station. This requires extreme precision as both Dragon and station orbit the earth every 90 minutes.
- May 26 – 31: Astronauts open Dragon’s hatch, unload supplies and fill Dragon with return cargo.
- May 31: Dragon is detached from the station and returns to Earth, landing in the Pacific, hundreds of miles west of Southern California.
Current Important Links
- Latest Info at SpaceX Website
- Official Press Kit(pdf)
- NASA TV and Schedule
- Dragon’s Cargo Information
- See Panorama of Falcon 9 pad – credit:Air and Space Magazine
- The Rocket Factory – SpaceX builds from Top to Bottom-Story ran today on Wired
- NASA’s Countdown blog – (follow each milestone)
- Live video feeds at KSC