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SpaceX's astronaut-riding Dragon approaches space station

2 months 1 week 12 hours ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 May 31, 2020 7:03 AM May 31, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX's astronaut-riding Dragon capsule is approaching the International Space Station hours after a historic liftoff from Florida. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken reported Sunday that the capsule was performing beautifully, as they closed in for the docking. It's the first time that a privately built and owned spacecraft is taking crew to the orbiting lab. The capsule will be shifted into automatic for the linkup, slated for 19 hours after liftoff. SpaceX launched the Dragon from Kennedy Space Center on Saturday afternoon, the first astronaut launch from the U.S. to orbit in nearly a decade.

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