An astronaut from the second SpaceX Crew Dragon launch has captured a breathtaking timelapse of our milky way, from the Resilience spacecraft, while it was docked on the International Space Station.
The timelapse was captured by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Soichi Noguchi. This timelapse came into the limelight when NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins shared it on his Twitter handle. He’s one of the 10 crew members currently aboard the ISS.
The video shows stars shining in the bluish-black oblivion of the universe. Hopkins expressed through his tweet how he was blown away by the mesmerising timelapse, “I didn’t think the views could get any better, then my crewmate Soichi Noguchi took this night timelapse from Resilience and I was blown away.”
— Mike Hopkins (@Astro_illini) April 12, 2021
This is Noguchi’s third time aboard the space station. The first time he arrived was on the Space Shuttle which was retired in 2011. He next flew on a Soyuz spacecraft operated by Russia’s Roscosmos. With the most recent one, he has become the first Japanese astronaut to fly on a commercial spacecraft.
Noguchi came aboard the Resilience, along with NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walke, which was the first commercial spacecraft to arrive at the ISS (after the maiden launch that happened in May 2020).
The spacecraft arrived in November 2020.
However, with another SpaceX crew Dragon that’s scheduled to arrive on April 22, Resilience was shifted from its primary position (from the Harmony forward port to Harmony zenith port) on April 5th.
— Mike Hopkins (@Astro_illini) April 6, 2021
The second spacecraft that’s scheduled to arrive next week will have NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, acting as spacecraft commander, and Megan McArthur as the pilot. They will also be joined by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.
A week following this launch, Crew-1 astronauts will head back to Earth, with the spacecraft splashing in Florida.
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