In a remarkable demonstration of international collaboration, an international crew comprising NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov has successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS).
This achievement followed a seamless launch from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island in Florida, United States at 3:27 a.m. EDT on the 26th of August 2023.
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, named “Endurance,” carried the diverse crew to the ISS, where it autonomously docked at 9:16 a.m. EDT on the 27th of August, while the station hovered 261 statute miles over Queensland, Australia.
The crew’s arrival marks a momentous occasion, reinforcing the strength of international cooperation in space exploration. As the astronauts embark on their mission, standard leak checks and pressurization protocols will be conducted between the Dragon spacecraft and the ISS in preparation for hatch opening.
Crew-7’s integration into the station temporarily boosts the number of occupants to 11, including NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, Woody Hoburg, and Frank Rubio, UAE astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitri Petelin, and Andrey Fedyaev.
The mission holds substantial scientific value as the crew conducts experiments and research to advance our understanding of space’s effects on both human physiology and technology. This initiative showcases the potential for collaboration on a global scale in pursuit of scientific progress.