Moscow. May 31. INTERFAX.RU — Between the American manned spacecraft Crew Dragon and the International space station (ISS) to which it is docked, the hatch opened, said NASA. The astronauts went to the station.

the Crew Dragon, which orbit went in flight test, astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, was the first American manned spacecraft launched from the United States since 2011, when it was discontinued a program of flights of shuttles reusable.

the launch of the spacecraft Crew Dragon was made using booster Falcon 9 launch site at Cape Canaveral in Florida the evening of may 30. Initially, he was to be held on may 27, but 15 minutes before the start was postponed because of adverse weather conditions.

This is the first time in human history @NASA_Astronauts have entered the @Space_Station from a commercially-made spacecraft. @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug have finally arrived to the orbiting laboratory in @SpaceX”s Dragon spacecraft Endeavour.

the Launch was performed in the framework of the contract between NASA and Resech on the ship and booster for commercial astronauts to the ISS.

Since 2011, NASA astronauts delivered to the ISS by the Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the U.S. space Agency is paying Russia. In particular, in may, NASA agreed with Roscosmos to purchase for $90,2 million on “Union,” which starts in October to the ISS.

currently, the ISS crew consists of Russians Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, and the American Chris Cassidy.