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Photos: Crew Dragon mated with Falcon 9 rocket

Posted On: 21 May 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

Photos: Crew Dragon mated with Falcon 9 rocket

Crew Dragon, meet Falcon 9.
SpaceX has released photos showing the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that will carry NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken aloft next week.
The Crew Dragon is set to launch next Wednesday, May 27, from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff time is set for 4:33:33 p.m. EDT to kick off a 19-hour pursuit of the International Space Station.
The human-rated capsule arrived at the hangar built on the southern perimeter of pad 39A last Friday, May 15, to be integrated with its Falcon 9 launch vehicle. These photos show the Crew Dragon spacecraft - measuring 26.7 feet tall and around 13 feet in diameter - inside the hangar mounted on SpaceX's strongback transporter for rollout to the launch pad.
The capsule's reflective body-mounted solar arrays are easily recognizable in the images, along with its stabilization fins, which would help with aerodynamics of the spacecraft had to perform a launch abort...

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