WATCH REPLAY: SpaceX Crew Capsule Docks with International Space Station

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WATCH REPLAY: After making 18 orbits of Earth since its launch, the Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully attached to the International Space Station’s Harmony module forward port via “soft capture” at 5:51 a.m. EST on Sunday, March 3. (NASA video)

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION – After making 18 orbits of Earth since its launch, the Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully attached to the International Space Station’s Harmony module forward port via “soft capture” at 5:51 a.m. EST on Sunday, March 3.

The Crew Dragon used the station’s new international docking adapter for the first time since astronauts installed it August 2016.

The mission, called Demo-1, is the first flight test of a space system designed for humans built and operated by a commercial company through a public-private partnership.

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LAUNCH HIGHLIGHTS: SpaceX Makes History With Launch of First Uncrewed Commercial Test Flight

ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights from the SpaceX’s historic Demo-1 Crew Dragon Test Flight from Kennedy Space Center.

Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 for Demo-1, the first flight test of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, was a success Saturday morning from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The rocket lifted off at 2:49 a.m. EST.

The Demo-1 mission, SpaceX’s inaugural flight with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, will provide the teams an end-to-end flight test to ensure the spacecraft and systems operate as designed before launching with astronauts.

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