SpaceX Crew-7 Dragon capsule docks at space station with International Astronaut Crew (VIDEO)

A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday (Aug. 27) and began a half-year mission carrying a new crew of astronauts to the orbiting laboratory.

Crew Dragon capsule Endurance docked at the International Space Station (ISS). At 9:16 a.m. EDT (1313 GMT), after flying a wide loop around the orbital outpost, it docked in the port facing a spot on the outpost’s US-built Harmony module. Dragon and the station were soaring 261 miles above Australia at the time.

“Thank you very much,” NASA’s Crew-7 commander Jasmine Mogbeli radioed SpaceX Mission Control after the successful docking. “I have to remind myself that this isn’t a dream.”

SpaceX’s Crew-7 Dragon capsule is seen with its nose cone open before docking with the blue Earth in this view from the International Space Station on August 27, 2023. (Image credit: NASA TV)

The docking marked the end of a nearly 30-hour journey for the four-person crew of the capsule, which launched early Saturday morning from NASA’s Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. But it was the start of something bigger, a six-month mission for Mokbeli and his three employees.

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