On the week of April 23, 2021, SpaceX launched a rocket set for the International Space Station. That same day, they were ready and docked at 5:08 a.m. ET where liftoff occurred at 5:49 a.m. ET.
The Dragon 2 spacecraft, SpaceX claims, has been reused from the Dragon 1 launch. It is the first craft that has been reused for a mission. And while this helps NASA save finances, it makes for a higher risk launch.
One of the four astronauts that were selectively chosen is Megan McArthur. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, NASA places her on a podium along with the other chosen delegates. As of now, she participates in the Dragon 2 launch. NASA interviewed McArthur on her journey with NASA.
“I knew that I wanted to be a part of something like that – a part of this bigger thing of exploration,” said McArthur.
The other astronauts that have been chosen are Shane Kimbrough, Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet. NASA planned for Kimbrough to be the commander of the ship, Hoshide and Pesquet to be the mission’s specialists with McArther being the pilot controlling the ship. All of the astronauts have an abundance of experience in order to make the launch successful.
The crew gave a tour of the ship and even showed their no-gravity indicator of a plush Baby Yoda from Star Wars in the picture. Pictures were taken of the crew as they prepared for take-off on the ship. Everyone looked excited and happy while preparing for the lift-off.
The crew then launched at 5:49 a.m. ET, making it a successful launch. The crew docked at the International Space Station (ISS) the next day, April 24, 2021. NASA astronaut and space station commander Shannon Walker confirmed their safe landing at the ISS.
“Welcome to ISS, we are so excited to have you aboard,” said Walker.
As a result, the Crew 1 Dragon Resilience flew back and landed after a six-month mission at the international space station. First responders reacted quickly to the landing, and in boats sailed over to the dropped capsule on the water. NASA Public Affairs Officer, Leah Cheshier, commented on the landing back to Earth.
“It really could not have been a more flawless journey home,” said Cheshier.