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The hatch opens when astronauts arrive at the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon



Astronauts dock at International Space Station from SpaceX craft

Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are expected to get off the spacecraft soon, successfully completing the first leg of the SpaceX mission. The astronauts are expected to remain at the International Space Station for one to three months.

The SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft docked at the space station at 10:16 ET Sunday morning after it was launched from the Kennedy Florida Space Center on Saturday and traveled 19 hours. After making initial contact with ISS, Crew Dragon went through a series of steps to further marry the spaceship with its ports – including connecting forces and making air-locked seals – before the hatch was opened.

On Sunday morning, the spacecraft made a cautious approach and then made a “soft capture” – meaning the Dragon Crew made its first physical contact with the docking port on the International Space Station. Crew Dragon then made a “hard catch,” which involved using 12 hooks to create an air-locked seal between the Behnken and Hurley crew cabins and their entrance to the space station and connecting the Crew Dragon power supply to the ISS.

Compared to the high drama launch on Saturday, docking might look like a slow burn.

At one point, the webcast carrier mentioned that Crew Dragon was moving a fraction of a meter per second towards its destination. However, that is only relatively speaking: Both the spacecraft and the space station are still whipping through orbits at more than 17,000 miles per hour (around 27,000 kilometers per hour). But because they were traveling at the same speed, the cameras at the station made it look as though Crew Dragon were inching together.

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Crew Dragon has a name: Endeavor

Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley toured their Crew Dragon spacecraft using onboard cameras, while vehicles headed to the International Space Station on Saturday night.

And they announced the name for the vehicle: Try hard.
The astronauts chose the name for several reasons, Hurley said on the webcast. On one hand, the name honors the years of efforts to return the human spaceship to the United States after the Space Shuttle retired in 2011. And it honors the old friendship Hurley and Behnken shared, and their history with NASA: The two astronauts began their careers their outer space with missions on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. (The name is an 18th-century ship ordered by the English explorer James Cook – therefore the English spelling of “Try hard. “)

Special cargo: Sparkling dinosaurs

NASA and SpaceX have revealed that several special artworks are on the Crew Dragon with the astronauts. But the audience immediately saw a small, bright dinosaur toy with Hurley and Behnken as well.

During their renewal of orbit on Saturday, the astronauts shared what it was: They both had young boys who were big fans of dinosaurs, and the astronauts allowed their children to choose where their toys would be stored in this mission.

The choices are blue and pink Apatosaurus, encrusted with sequins.

What this milestone means

Crew Dragon and the astronauts have now made it through two main milestones – launch and docking – without encountering any major problems. It was a big win for SpaceX, which has been working towards this moment since the company was founded in 2002.

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This was also a celebration point for NASA, which made a controversial decision to ask the private sector to design vehicles for transportation to the ISS after the Space Shuttlle program retired in 2011. NASA has long partnered with the private sector, but never before. submit design, development, and testing of human-ranked spacecraft to commercial companies.

After delays, development hiccups and some political obstacles, the launch of the first successful astronaut will mark a major victory for people in the space agency who hope to continue to use broader commercial contracts. That includes NASA’s ambition to put people on the moon in 2024.

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Who is Paulo Bento, the Portuguese coach from South Korea who coached Cruzeiro?



The coach commanded the Portuguese national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and left the South Korean national team after being eliminated in Qatar.

Portuguese coach Paulo Bento qualified South Korea for the playoffs of the World Cup, something the team had not achieved since 2010, when the South Korean team reached the 1/8 finals of this championship. But 4-1 rout against Brazil as a result, shortened the path of the Asian team, as well as put an end to the work of Paulo Sousa in the national team.

Paulo Bento started his career as a coach with the youth team of Sporting Clube Portugal in 2004. At the club, he commanded the youth team for two seasons, winning the junior national tournament in his first year. Incidentally, the coach took over the first team shortly after he announced his retirement as a player.

Given his prominence in the youth categories, Paulo was chosen to replace José Peseiro, who was eliminated in European competition, in the professional team of Sporting CP for the 2005 season./2006.

Professionally, Bento was runner-up for four seasons in a row in the Portuguese Championship. Despite this, the coach won two Portuguese Cups and two Candido de Oliveira Super Cups. On November 6, 2009, the coach resigned.

Having distinguished himself at Sporting, Paulo Bento was announced as Portugal’s coach on 21 September 2010 after the World Cup in South Africa, where the then-champion Spain was selected in the round of 16.


In qualifying, the coach managed to show good results in the first games, plus, of course, take Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2012, taking off from Spain on penalties. Having stood out in competitions, the coach extended the contract until Euro 2016.

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However, after losing to Albania in qualifying for Euro 2016, the coach could not resist and was fired in September 2014. The unsuccessful campaign at the World Cup of the same year in Brazil also affected.

After the Portugal national team, Paulo Bento returned to Brazil in May 2016, but this time to coach the Cruzeiro club. With a contract until December 2017, the coach made his debut in the second round of the Brasileirão the same year.

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However, Bento only lasted 17 matches in power with six wins, three draws and eight losses, leaving the team in second-to-last place in the tournament.

On 11 August 2016, the coach was announced as the new commander of Olympiacos, Greece, where he remained until 6 March 2017, winning the Greek title. Following this, Paulo Bento was announced as Chongqing Dangdai of China leading the team for only 15 matches.

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On August 16, 2018, Paulo Bento was announced as the new coach of South Korea following the departure of Shin Tae-yong, who lost in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

As part of the South Korean national team, the coach has 55 wins, 12 draws and eight losses, having won the East Asian Cup title and classified the team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After being knocked out against Brazil in the 1/8 finals, the Portuguese announced his retirement from the national team.

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Pioli ‘pulls’ Leao by the ears and says the Portuguese ‘must make a dash’



Pioli 'pulls' Leao by the ears and says the Portuguese 'must make a dash'

FROMTefano Pioli, Milan coach, gave an interview on the Italian radio program Sky Calcio Club on Sunday in which he talked about Rafael Leao’s participation in the 2022 Mundial, a test in which the Portuguese striker was a replacement for Fernando Santos. ‘, indicating that he has been talking to his player over the past few days.

“If we talk? They have an obligation to call me at the end of the game. He is happy because Portugal is doing well. It is clear that he would like to play more. I can take advantage of this for a contract extension,” said Pioli, who also spoke about the Portuguese’s renewal process.

“He is fine with us and management and Rafael are talking. We are waiting for good news,” the Transalpine coach fired.

Looking at his player’s short playing time at this 2022 World Cup, Pioli admitted that Rafael Leau would like to have more playing time for the national team, but hinted that the Portuguese striker is not unhappy.

“If he plays a little? It’s hard to judge because Portugal has a very high quality team. Rafael is happy because Portugal is having a good World Cup, but there is a lot of quality and competitiveness in the attacking sector of the Portuguese team. “, – stressed the coach of the Italian, who also left a small warning to Rafael Leau.

“When you see him in training, you immediately understand that he has incredible potential. He has technique and speed that few others have. Over the course of a period, he had to develop and adapt to the reality at Milan, where the pressure is different from what he is. he was in Lille. It took time, but his potential to become a great player was always there. But he still needs to make the leap to become a champion because he can be even more decisive in the opponent’s zone,” he stressed.

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“If you think about Rafael from two years ago, he has made tremendous progress. He’s missing a few things, but he’s smart and approachable. I can give him all the ideas he wants, but his talent must be left free. should improve his heading, given his physique,” he concluded.

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Portugal, nuts and the Portuguese consumer: a successful trilogy



Portugal, nuts and the Portuguese consumer: a successful trilogy

Nuts have become part of a limited group of Portuguese agri-food sectors that manage to achieve much-desired food self-sufficiency. In the case of almonds it is 170% and in the case of chestnuts it is 116% in relation to the national consumption.

The value of Portuguese agricultural production in 2021 was 9.6 billion euros, representing a growth rate of 14.6% compared to 2020, and therefore it is fair to say that dried fruits today, with a production of 80,000 tons and exports reaching 100 million euros contributed. to this success.

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