SpaceX Crew-5 arrive at International Space Station

Three astronauts and one cosmonaut aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endurance docked with the International Space Station Thursday.

The Dragon Endurance arrived with NASA’s Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and Anna Kikina, Russia’s lone female cosmonaut, according to Space.com.

According to The Associated Press, the docking occurred 260 miles over the Atlantic, just off the west coast of Africa.

Kikina is the first Russian to fly on a private American spacecraft and is also the first Russian to fly on a U.S. rocket in 20 years, according to NASA.

“We’re so glad to do it together,” said Kikina offering thanks in both English and Russian.

Kikina joins two Russians already at the orbiting outpost. She’ll live and work on the Russian side until March before returning to Earth in the same SpaceX capsule.

Three Americans and one Italian who have been at the ISS for nearly a year and a half will return to Earth in a SpaceX capsule next week.


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