SpaceX Dragon 'Freedom' stuns in captivating flyby under International Space Station

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The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, named Freedom, gracefully manoeuvres below the flying International Space Station, marking a milestone in commercial spaceflight.

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Launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 18, the Axiom-3 mission is operated by Axiom Space, the third private astronaut mission to the ISS, and signifies a crucial moment in space exploration.

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Axiom-3 crew, led by Axiom chief astronaut Michael L’ pez-Alegria, features an all-European crew, including Turkey's first astronaut, Alper GezeravcÄñ, Italian Air Force Pilot Walter Villadei, and mission specialists Marcus Wandt of Sweden and the European Space Agency.

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Video footage captures Dragon spacecraft's surreal approach, showcasing Earth's curvature and the vastness of space as a backdrop, offering a breathtaking perspective of the historic moment.

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Crew Dragon autonomously docks with the ISS at 5:42 a.m. EDT, 400 km over the South Pacific, symbolising a new era in space exploration with private companies playing a pivotal role.

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Mission Objectives: Axiom-3 crew embarks on a 16-day mission, conducting 30 experiments and engaging in public outreach. Their activities contribute to microgravity research, technology demonstrations, and scientific advancements benefitting life on Earth and future space endeavours.

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The success of Axiom-3 serves as a stepping stone for Axiom Space's ambitious plans to launch its own space station, with the first module expected in 2026, showcasing their dedication to the future of space exploration.

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Founded by Elon Musk in 2002, SpaceX has played a pivotal role in advancing commercial spaceflight. The company achieved several milestones, including the first private spacecraft launch, return from Earth orbit, and crewed spacecraft docking with the ISS.

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