Joseph Biden, who announced his victory in the U.S. presidential election, congratulated SpaceX and NASA on the successful launch of the manned Crew Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). He posted the corresponding entry on Twitter on Sunday.
“Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on today’s launch. It is a testimony to the power of science and what we can achieve through innovation, ingenuity, and faith in success. Together with all Americans and the people of Japan, I wish the astronauts good luck in their journey,” Biden said.
Earlier on, current American leader Donald Trump responded to the launch of Crew Dragon.
“It’s a great launch. NASA was close to ruin when we came to power. And now it has again become the hottest, most advanced space agency in the world,” Trump said.
On Sunday, the Falcon 9 rocket with the manned Crew Dragon spacecraft was launched to the ISS from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral. The crew of Crew Crew Dragon, named Resilience, includes Americans Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, as well as astronauts of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Soichi Noguchi.
Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock with ISS on Monday at 23:00 U.S. East Coast time (07:00 Moscow time on Tuesday).
The team will spend six months in orbit. Now onboard the stations are astronauts Roscosmos Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud Crickets, as well as NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins.
The launch of Crew Dragon was the first manned flight in nine years carried out from the territory of the United States on the American spacecraft. NASA stopped them in 2011. Since then, the astronauts were delivered to the ISS by Russian “Soyuz”.