Victor Glover becomes first Black astronaut on ISS for extended stay

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The Crew Dragon "Resilience" docked just past 11 pm ET on Monday, after a 27-hour long flight from Florida's Cape Canaveral.

"What an fantastic last couple of days ..."

"By working together during these hard times, I have inspired the nation, the world and, in no small part, the name of this wonderful craft, Resilience", said Michael Hopkins, commander of the Crew-1 spacecraft, before the launch.

The Resilience crew's stay at the orbiting lab is scheduled to be the longest human space mission launched from the US, according to NASA.

The custom began on Russian spaceflights, dating back to the first-ever crewed mission.

Bridenstine has announced that he will step down to let the new president set his own goals for space exploration. They were launched to the space station on Russia's Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft on October 14, 2020.

Black astronauts who have been on board the station previously were only there for short periods of time.

On Sunday, NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were launched to the International Space Station on the first certified SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

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The flexibility of Crew Dragon to approach the International Space Station, supported by Earth.

"The last 27 hours have gone really smooth actually", Hopkins said after boarding the space station. "We are looking forward to the next six months, and can't wait to get started".

This is not the first time that a Falcon 9 rocket has transported the Crew Dragon spacecraft into space.

In May, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken entered the International Space Station on SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, carrying with them a shiny, stuffed dinosaur plush toy.

This spacecraft is capable of staying in the space orbit for over 200 plus days and can provide almost 500 pounds of cargo, science experiment to the International Space Station.

Victor Glover has spent decades training for the opportunity to live on the space station by getting master's degrees in flight test engineering, systems engineering and military operational art and science before joining the astronaut corps in 2013. And so it is going to go, together with SpaceX - and finally Boeing - transporting astronauts to and from the channel for NASA.

"It was designed from the beginning with human spaceflight in mind - even the first cargo Dragon had a window", the company tweeted.

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