NASA and SpaceX craft carrying two US astronauts docks with International Space Station

Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behken were blasted into space on Saturday.

5/31/2020 5:28:00 PM

BREAKING: The rocket launched into space by NASA and SpaceX on Saturday afternoon has docked with the International Space Station. The historic mission saw US astronauts launched from US soil for the first time in almost a decade. More here:

Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behken were blasted into space on Saturday.

The rocket launched into space by NASA and SpaceX on Saturday afternoon has docked with the International Space Station.The historic mission saw US astronauts launched from US soil for the first time in almost a decade.Image:Bob Behnken (left) and Doug Hurley (right) before liftoff on Saturday

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Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behken pair were accelerated to approximately 17,000mph (27,000kmph) - 22 times the speed of sound - and put on an intercept course with the ISS.They orbited the Earth for roughly 19 hours before docking on Sunday.

A few hours before docking, the Dragon riders reported that the capsule was performing well.AdvertisementImage:An image shows the ISS and the Crew Dragon locking together after the soft docking. Pic: SpaceXHurley and Behnken took over the controls and did some piloting less than a couple hundred yards out as part of the test flight, before putting it back into automatic for the final approach.

Hurley said the capsule handled"really well, very crisp." Read more: Sky News »

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