NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Calls Station Following SpaceX Historic Feat
May 30, 2012
Charles Bolden offered his congratulations to the International Space
Station Expedition 31 crew and mission flight control teams at NASA's
Johnson Space Center in Houston and SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne,
Calif., following Friday's successful first-time berthing of a
commercial company spacecraft, SpaceX's Dragon, to the space station.
9:56 a.m. EDT Friday, Pettit used the station's robotic arm to grapple
Dragon. Kuipers then used the arm to attach the capsule to the station's
Harmony node at 11:52 a.m. Acaba completed berthing operations by
remotely bolting the Dragon to Harmony at 12:02 p.m. The crew members
spent the rest of their day preparing to open the hatches between the
two spacecraft on Saturday morning.