`Trampoline is working`: Musk taunts Russian space agency chief

Katie Ramirez
June 1, 2020

Once in space, the Crew Dragon, carrying astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, separated and 19 hours later caught up and docked with the International Space Station, including testing the capsule's manual flight capabilities.

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The Falcon 9 took off from the same launch pad used by NASA's final space shuttle flight, piloted by Hurley, in 2011.

SpaceX confirmed docking was made at 10.16am ET above the China-Mongolia border, the crew of the ISS ringing the station's bell three times in maritime tradition to signal the new arrival.

The spacecraft was launched by NASA and SpaceX from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, and the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket also successfully landed back on the company's drone ship dubbed "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic afterwards.

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US-astronauts Hurley and Behnken will now spend between one to four months aboard the ISS along with their U.S. and Russian colleagues who are already on board. This is the first time in history that people have entered the ISS from a commercially-made spacecraft.

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, a year before he started Tesla, said the program "is a turning point for America's future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond".

After reaching orbit, Behnken and Hurley announced that they had named their capsule Endeavor. Now, the space station, Crew Dragon, and its occupants are all orbiting Earth at around 17,150 miles per hour.

India has also been preparing the ground for its first manned space mission, "Gaganyaan". "I'm breathing a sigh of relief but I won't be celebrating until Bob and Doug are home safely". The launch was set for earlier last week but had to be postponed due to bad weather. To which Musk responded, "The trampoline is working".

"What should have happened a long time ago happened", he added.

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