The SpaceX Dragon arrived.
SpaceX's Crudragon with four astronauts from three countries crashed into the International Space Station on Saturday morning. They will stay there for six months.
Named Crew-2, this is SpaceX's third manned mission and the first to recycle a rocket booster and spacecraft. This technology has greatly reduced the cost of US space missions.
After launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it traveled around the earth at a speed of 16,000 kilometers per hour for about 24 hours and was connected to the International Space Station on Saturday morning, CNN reported. The International Space Station is orbiting the earth about 400 kilometers above the earth's surface.
NASA's Shane Kimbro and Megan MacArthur, European Space Agency's Thomas Pesky and Japan's Jaxa Space Agency's Akihiko Hoshide were among the astronauts on the mission.
One of the focus of the campaign will be ‘tissue chips’ or models of human organs that contain different types of cells and maintain the same behavior as those in the human body. NASA hopes that the knowledge gained from this study will be used in the development of various drugs and vaccines. NASA has described the study as a continuation of long-term research in biology and other subjects at the space center.
"How a thing works is better understood in the slightly gravitational environment of the 'space center'."
The four astronauts who arrived on Saturday have joined seven more astronauts already stationed at the space center. As a result, the number of astronauts stationed there stood at 11. Rarely have so many astronauts been together at the International Space Station before. Of course, this 'crowd' does not last long. Four of the seven people already stationed there will leave for Earth on April 26. As a result, the population will be seven again.
NASA has had to wait almost a decade to send astronauts to the International Space Station in a US spacecraft. After the closure of the NASA shuttle project in 2011, NASA had to rely on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. There was no other way to get to the International Space Station. At that time, NASA had to spend about nine crore dollars for each astronaut.