SpaceX Crew Dragon First Docking Shown Off in New High Res Photos
A number of new photos have been released of the SpaceX Crew Dragon docking with the International Space Station all thanks to Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko.
Photos like this are often not possible due to all the crew aboard the ISS working together to dock the spacecraft. This event was slightly different as just prior to the launch of the new Crew Dragon NASA revealed that their Russian ISS partners had expressed concerns about the approach trajectory Crew Dragon would be on.
The Russians stated that if there were a loss of control or communication with Crew Dragon there would not to be enough time for the craft to slow down and it would crash into the ISS.
This meant that both NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques would be tasked with assisting in the docking while the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko would be positioned in the Russian section of the ISS in the event there was a catastrophic anomaly during docking.
In the end, the docking went off without any issues and this separation provided time for Kononenko to take some stunning photos of the Crew Dragon approaching and docking with the ISS.
After the successful docking, Kononenko quickly joined his colleagues in assessing the Crew Dragon and finalizing its connection with the ISS.
Its a rather interesting story and one that just so happened to end with some fantastic photographs of the first ever commercial spacecraft docking with the International Space Station.