First SpaceX astronauts to speak from the International Space Station


Plenty was shiny and new about SpaceX's astronaut launch, including the touchscreen control panels that were installed on Crew Dragon for use by the astronauts in case they ever needed to take over manual control.

SpaceX CEO and owner Elon Musk celebrates after the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft on NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. May 30, 2020.

After they reached orbit, Behnken and Hurley named their Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour as a tribute to the first space shuttle each astronaut had flown aboard.

Hurley and Behnken will remain on the ISS for one to four months, when the next Dragon launches.

Cassidy, who commands the station's Expedition 63 crew, spoke alongside fellow NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley at the hatch where the two SpaceX "Dragon riders" entered the station one day earlier.

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It was fitting that the two astronauts to make the maiden voyage in Crew Dragon were Hurley and Behnken, as both men have spent time aboard the Space Shuttle and could offer a direct comparison between what that experience was like and how it felt to ride in the Crew Dragon. A successful return to Earth will pave the way for regular operational missions.

The members of the SpaceX Dragon Crew, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off on Saturday afternoon from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and docked automatically nearly 19 hours later.

"Shuttle had solid rocket boosters, those burned very rough for the first two-and-a-half minutes", Hurley explained.

The Falcon 9 isn't the only rocket used by SpaceX.

Talking about the difference with staging between space shuttle and Crew Dragon, he said, "We didn't shut down the main engine, like we went through first stage and then second stage". "We need to bring them home safely".