An independently chartered Crew Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX successfully caught up with the object.
On the morning of Saturday, the spacecraft smoothly docked with the orbital outpost, bringing a four-person crew to conduct a two-week commercial research mission.
Michael López-Alegría, a former astronaut with NASA, served as the commander of the Crew Dragon. He was joined by Italian co-pilot Walter Velladei, Swedish flier Marcus Wandt, and Alper Gezeravci, the first Turkish citizen to travel to space. The crew successfully docked at the station’s forward Harmony module at 5:42 a.m. EST after a two-day rendezvous.
greeted on the International Space Station by the station’s current seven-member crew: Soyuz MS-24/70S commander Oleg Kononenko and his two crewmates, Nikolai Chub and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara, along with NASA Crew-7 commander Jasmin Moghbeli, European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Japanese flier Satoshi Furukawa and cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov.
There are eight nations represented aboard the ISS, including the United States, Spain, Russia, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Turkey, and Sweden. López-Alegría, who is a citizen of both the U.S. and Spain, is among the representatives.