SpaceX's  Capsule  Station With Crew-4 Astronauts

Arrives At Space

For the second time in

 less than three weeks, SpaceX has delivered an astronaut crew to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Dragon capsule flying SpaceX's

Crew-4 mission for NASA docked with the orbiting lab today (April 27) around 7:37 p.m. EDT (2337 GMT), just under 16 hours after lifting off atop a Falcon 9 rocket

 The quickest-ever crewed Dragon 

trip to the station. The Dragon and station were sailing 261 miles (420 kilometers) above the central Pacific Ocean as they met in orbit.

The hatches between the Dragon,

 which is named Freedom, opened at about 9:15 p.m. EDT on April 28. The Crew-4 astronauts then floated aboard the ISS, which will be their home for the next six months or so.

The Crew-4 team

joined seven astronauts already on the International space station 

Orbiting lab's population will 

 drop again soon. the astronauts of SpaceX's Crew-3 mission, which launched last November are scheduled to depart for Earth in their own Dragon on May 4.

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