“Good morning, good afternoon, good evening,” Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins said as he welcomed space fans around the world to the SpaceX capsule, which is currently heading toward the International Space Station.
Dressed in more comfortable gear than the spacesuits they used for the launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, the astronauts, who besides Hopkins include Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi, gave earthlings a tour of the capsule, which is currently on its first operational mission following a successful astronaut test flight over the summer.
The tour (top) of the surprisingly roomy capsule shows everything from the touch panels and storage areas to the entry/exit hatches and “other creatures” that have gone along for the ride.
At the end of the video you’ll get to witness a special presentation ceremony for NASA’s Victor Glover to mark his very first time in space.
The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock with the space station at around 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 16 — so only a few hours to go.
The four astronauts will stay aboard the orbiting outpost for the next six months, living and working alongside the three current inhabitants — astronaut Kate Rubins, and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov — as part of Expedition 64.
This month the ISS is celebrating 20 years of continuous human habitation aboard the space station. These videos, created by past visitors to the ISS, offer some insight into daily life on the ISS, and include a step-by-step demonstration of how astronauts go to the bathroom in space (the most commonly asked question, apparently).
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