“Most diverse crew in a long time” – New crew arrived on the ISS
The replacement for the German astronaut Matthias Maurer is here: three Americans and one Italian have arrived at the ISS. They docked with a “Crew Dragon” capsule from the aerospace company SpaceX. Among other things, for the first time an African American woman will stay in space for a longer period of time.
KA new crew has arrived on the ISS shortly after a group of space tourists returned from the International Space Station. Only 16 hours after the launch of the carrier rocket, the Dragon capsule of the private space company SpaceX docked at the space station on Thursday night.
The crew of four, three Americans and one Italian, will replace German Matthias Maurer and three of his American colleagues on the ISS, who are scheduled to return to Earth next week. The new crew will stay on the ISS for five months. Three Russians are also currently living there.
It is one of the most diverse crews for a long time, said Nasa Mission Chief Kathy Lueders before the start. With the American Jessica Watkins, a black woman will be in space for a longer period of time for the first time.
Elon Musk has now sent astronauts into Earth orbit five times
During the Space Shuttle era, two African American women had only been on the ISS briefly. The geologist Watkins, who is also considered a promising candidate for a NASA moon landing in the next few years, spoke of an “important milestone” for NASA and the USA.
The American Bob Hines also completed his first flight to the ISS, the Italian ESA astronaut and former fighter jet pilot Samantha Cristoforetti and the commander of the mission, Kjell Lindgren, are in space for the second time.
After a series of transport flights, billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX has now transported astronauts for NASA five times and carried private guests twice, once to earth orbit and once to the ISS. Just earlier this week, three space tourists returned from their stay on the space station.