Photos: SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule with NASA astronauts docks with ISS

Just under 19 hours after launching from Florida, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley docked with the International Space Station on May 31, marking the first US space capsule to do so with a crew since 2011. The launch on May 30 by SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, represented another milestone for the reusable rockets it pioneered to make space-flight less costly and more frequent.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon spacecraft launches during NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 30. (Bill Ingalls / NASA / AP)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon spacecraft launches during NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 30. (Bill Ingalls / NASA / AP)

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Astronauts Douglas Hurley (R) and Robert Behnken (2R) seen with the crew at International Space Station on May 31. The space station’s current crew welcomed them aboard with hugs and handshakes on schedule at 1:25 pm EDT, after executing a critical spacecraft docking milestone and kicking off the crew’s potentially months-long stay in the orbital laboratory. (NASA TV / AFP)

Astronauts Douglas Hurley (R) and Robert Behnken (2R) seen with the crew at International Space Station on May 31. The space station’s current crew welcomed them aboard with hugs and handshakes on schedule at 1:25 pm EDT, after executing a critical spacecraft docking milestone and kicking off the crew’s potentially months-long stay in the orbital laboratory. (NASA TV / AFP)

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NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken on-board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft before the hatch opened to the International Space Station on May 31. Behnken said he and Hurley were able to get a few hours of sleep during their 19-hour orbital journey, telling the administrator that “the first night is always a little bit of a challenge, but the Dragon is a slick vehicle and we had good airflow so we had an excellent evening,” reported Reuters. (NASA TV / AFP)

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken on-board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft before the hatch opened to the International Space Station on May 31. Behnken said he and Hurley were able to get a few hours of sleep during their 19-hour orbital journey, telling the administrator that “the first night is always a little bit of a challenge, but the Dragon is a slick vehicle and we had good airflow so we had an excellent evening,” reported Reuters. (NASA TV / AFP)

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The SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule opens its hatch while docking with the International Space Station. The launch by SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, represented another milestone for the reusable rockets it pioneered to make space flight less costly and more frequent. It also marked the first time that commercially developed space vehicles, owned and operated by a private entity rather than NASA, have carried Americans into orbit. (NASA TV / AP)

The SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule opens its hatch while docking with the International Space Station. The launch by SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, represented another milestone for the reusable rockets it pioneered to make space flight less costly and more frequent. It also marked the first time that commercially developed space vehicles, owned and operated by a private entity rather than NASA, have carried Americans into orbit. (NASA TV / AP)

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NASA astronauts Doug Hurley (L) and Robert Behnken are seen inside the Crew Dragon space capsule as they dock with the International Space Station. “It’s great to get the United States back in the crewed launch business, and we’re just really glad to be on board this magnificent complex,” Hurley said through mission control, reported Reuters. (NASA TV / AP)

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley (L) and Robert Behnken are seen inside the Crew Dragon space capsule as they dock with the International Space Station. “It’s great to get the United States back in the crewed launch business, and we’re just really glad to be on board this magnificent complex,” Hurley said through mission control, reported Reuters. (NASA TV / AP)

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The SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule docks with the International Space Station on May 31. Under 19 hours after launching from Florida, the space capsule delivered NASA astronauts to the space station, marking the first US space capsule to do so with a crew since 2011. (NASA TV / AP)

The SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule docks with the International Space Station on May 31. Under 19 hours after launching from Florida, the space capsule delivered NASA astronauts to the space station, marking the first US space capsule to do so with a crew since 2011. (NASA TV / AP)

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The Falcon 9 took off from the same launch pad used by NASA’s final space shuttle flight piloted by Hurley in 2011. Just before lift-off, Hurley said, “SpaceX, we’re go for launch. Let’s light this candle,” paraphrasing the famous comment uttered on the launch pad in 1961 by Alan Shepard, the first American flown into space, reported Reuters. (John Raoux / AP)

The Falcon 9 took off from the same launch pad used by NASA’s final space shuttle flight piloted by Hurley in 2011. Just before lift-off, Hurley said, “SpaceX, we’re go for launch. Let’s light this candle,” paraphrasing the famous comment uttered on the launch pad in 1961 by Alan Shepard, the first American flown into space, reported Reuters. (John Raoux / AP)

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