'We've doubled the number of nationals on board' as all European SpaceX X-3 astronauts stay on board

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Freedom arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) early Saturday morning with four astronauts aboard the private X-3 spacecraft for a two-week stay at the orbiting laboratory.

Ax-3 launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday (Jan. 18), beginning a roughly 36-hour orbital exploration. That chase ended at 5:42 a.m. EST (1042 GMT) today (Jan. 20), when both spacecraft traveled 262 miles above the South Pacific, with Freedom docked in the forward port of the station's Harmony module. Ax-3 is the third private human space mission from SpaceX, which has sent nine people to the station since 2022 for Axiom Space.

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