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Space station crew enters SpaceX’s Dragon spaceship after successful docking

Making the long journey to the Space Station aboard Crew Dragon was a test dummy nicknamed ‘Ripley,’ has been embedded with sensors around its head, neck, and spine to monitor how a flight would feel for a human.

During its five-day stay, U.S. astronaut Anne McClain along with Saint-Jacques will run tests and inspect Crew Dragon’s cabin.

NASA has awarded SpaceX and Boeing Co $6.8 billion to build competing for rocket and capsule systems to launch astronauts into orbit from American soil for the first time since the U.S. Space Shuttle was retired from service in 2011.

While Saturday’s SpaceX test mission is a crucial step in the oft-delayed project, there are questions about whether NASA can achieve its 2019 flight goal of manned flight.

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