The full Expedition 66 crew following the arrival of SpaceX’s Crew-3 Dragon spacecraft with four astronauts. From the left: Russian cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Mark Vande Hei and Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer. The Crew-3 astronauts are wearing blue flight suits. Credit: NASA
A day after launching out of Florida, four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station in the SpaceX Crew-3 Dragon for a six-month stay aboard the orbiting outpost.
Docking occurred at about 6:32 p.m. EST (23:32 UTC) Nov. 11, 2021, at the forward port of the Harmony module in the front of the space station. Less than two hours later, the crew — NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer — opened the hatch of their Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft to enter the ISS.
Crew Dragon Endurance as it approaches the International Space Station for docking. Credit: NASA
Crew-3 joined the in-progress Expedition 66 mission, which included Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei. Dubrov and Vande Hei have been aboard the ISS since March 2021 and ...