On Anniversary of Longest U.S. Crewed Spaceflight, Dragon Resilience Prepares for ISS Docking

SpaceX’s Falcon 9, laden with Dragon Resilience and the Crew-1 astronauts, roars into the night at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

Last night, SpaceX and NASA launched a mission which is expected to secure a new record for the longest single human spaceflight by the United States. Crew-1 Commander Mike Hopkins and Pilot Victor Glover, accompanied by Mission Specialists Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi, launched aboard Dragon Resilience atop a Falcon 9 booster from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday.

Current expectations call for them to dock at the International Space Station (ISS) at about 11 p.m. EST Monday, after which the crew will spend several months aboard the sprawling orbital complex. Although an exact duration has not been set for Crew-1, their landing is not expected before next April, far exceeding the length of Skylab 4—launched on this day, back in 1973—whose astronauts spent 84 days in space.

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