The Four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday (ISS) on a historic mission, being The first completely private site to reach that destinationthey were Welcomed by Expedition 67 astronauts To the International Space Station with hugs and a photo session.
NASA astronauts Tom Marshbourne and Kayla Barron were responsible for opening the inner hatch after making sure that the pressure was done correctly.
About two hours after Dragon Endeavor arrived, with four Axiom astronauts — Hispanic-American Michael Lopez-Alegria, American Larry Connor, Canadian Mark Pathy and Israeli Eitan Stipe — just after 12:40 GMT. They hung it on the International Space Station, the hosts welcomed it.
Once at the station, the crew of Axiom greeted members of Expedition 67, which in addition to Marshburn and Baron is the home of Raja Chari, also of NASA; Cosmonauts Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency (ESA), and cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Sergey Korskov and Denis Matveev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
After being greeted with hugs and a handshake, the newcomers stood in front of Barron’s camera, which was responsible for setting up the lights and the welcome “group” at all times.
Station Commander Tom Marshburne was assigned the task of pressing the space between the Dragon’s hatches and the station, and, along with Barron, performed a leak check before opening the hatches to welcome the crew of special astronauts.
Axiom Space immediately tweeted: “Team #Ax1 greeted by space station crew departing Dragon and entering home for the next 8 days.”
Once greetings are given and space is “organised” inside the International Space Station, the eleven astronauts gather in front of the camera to carry out the welcome ceremony, A kind of “selfie” in a circle that two of them had to stand upside down to take advantage of weightlessness.
At the ceremony, the AX-1 commander, former Hispanic NASA astronaut Miguel Lopez Alegria, decorated his three companions with a pin from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE).
ASE is a non-profit organization made up of people who have completed at least one Earth orbit in space, as defined by the International Air Federation.
The Axiom 1 (Ax-1) mission took off Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida (USA), along with Lopez Alegria, three other civilians on board, bound for the International Space Station, where they will carry out scientific and commercial activities.
After a nearly 21-hour flight, NASA said in its mission blog today, the capsule docked independently with the spaceport of the ISS Harmony module.
Except for camcorder issues that prevented spectators on the ground from seeing the final leg of the flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and a one-hour arrival delay, everything went as planned.
The ships used by the Ax-1 — the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon Endeavor capsule — belong to SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company, but Axiom in Texas is responsible for the expedition.