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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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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