"The beginning of a new era in human spaceflight," tweeted NASA astronaut Anne McClain on Sunday along with a stunning image.
The photo she took when the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule first landed
McClain's art view shows the curved horizon line of the Earth, with the Crew Dragon perfectly positioned as a shadow against the glow.
This was a weekend of space-firsts when NASA's commercial crew programtook a big step toward taking astronauts off US soil for the first time since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011 started.
The three current crew members of the ISSfor the first time as part of the SpaceX demo-1 test mission, which itself had no crew.
While NASA provided video footage from launch to docking, McClain's picture of the capsule approaching the ISS should be noted as one of the memo's most memorable documents o-1 test flight. It's a beautiful photo that connects all parts of the mission: Earth, Crew Dragon, and the ISS.
Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend five days at ISS before returning to Earth to land in the Atlantic Ocean. If everything goes well with the rest of the mission, NASA and SpaceX will try to send people into space by the middle of the year.