Viewers were recently thrilled to watch the SpaceX launch but how long has Chris Cassidy been on ISS? Let’s take a look.
This year has been one to remember for far too many wrong reasons. Fortunately, it’s not all been total doom and gloom.
On Sunday, May 31st 2020, SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA, marking a triumph for Elon Musk’s company.
Pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken docked the SpaceX Dragon capsule and boarded the ISS, embracing residents already aboard.
These include NASA’s Chris Cassidy, who they selected to be an astronaut back in 2004.
Since then, he has embarked on a couple of grand missions, but how long has he been on the ISS?
How long has Chris Cassidy been on ISS?
Chris Cassidy has been aboard the ISS since April 9th 2020.
Republic World highlights that he has been on the International Space Station since the launch of Expedition 63.
The source notes that, as of June, he has completed two months in space while also having completed numerous spacewalks.
Back in March, National Geographic wrote that he was set to spend six months in space for the ambitious expedition.
Beforehand, he had logged a total of 182 days in orbit during a 2009 space shuttle flight, as well as having ventured out to the ISS in 2013. So, this is his third mission in space, of which he is the commander.
Chris Cassidy on returning to the ISS
Ahead of Expedition 63’s launch, National Geographic spoke with Cassidy over the phone for an interview.
When asking him about what he was most looking forward to upon returning to the ISS, he expressed:
“I’m really looking forward to seeing familiar faces — floating through the hatch and seeing Drew and Jessica [NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir] and giving them a big hug. That’s a great moment. Those emotions, if you see them on TV — the smiles and the laughing — are real. We’re friends, colleagues, and coworkers, but also we’re humans who are experiencing something super cool together. That first couple hours, I can’t wait to experience that.”
Of course, we’ve now witnessed this hearty embrace once again.
We couldn’t agree with him more; it’s a wonderful sight to behold.
In other news, did Doug Hurley hit his head?