/ 26 April 2021

International Space Station plays Tetris

There’s not enough room to swing a Baby Yoda after the International Space Station (ISS) welcomed 4 astronauts on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour on Saturday. They arrived for a 6-month stint just 24 hours after liftoff and were welcomed with open arms by the 7 ISS residents. That makes it the biggest crowd up there in more than a decade, but it’s short of the all-time tin-can record of 13. The newcomers include 2 NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Thomas Pesquet of France, and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan. Their journey is part of an effort by NASA to privatise the business of putting people into low-Earth orbit. Saturday’s mission was SpaceX’s 3rd crew flight for NASA, but it was the first time a capsule has been reused for crewed spaceflight. The 4 members of Crew-1, who arrived in November on the Crew Dragon Resilience, will spend 5 days showing Crew-2 the ropes before heading home to Earth.

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