Before receiving its flight certification from NASA last week, SpaceX's Crew Dragon had been under development for roughly a decade under a public-private NASA program started in 2011 to revive the agency's human spaceflight capability.
Furthermore, the mission made history in that it marks the first time that an African-American will be a full-time member of the ISS' crew.
The ship, known as the SpaceX Crew Dragon or Crew-1 for short, moved at a speed of more than 17,000 miles per hour in doing so.
It is reported that the Crew-1 astronauts are expected to spend about six months on board the ISS, where they'll work on a variety of science experiments and conduct space walks to continue updates and repairs on the space station's exterior.
NASA has not sent humans into orbit from U.S. soil on an operational mission since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.
"I look forward to enjoying the new era and going together for the future", said Hiroshi Sasaki, Vice President of JAXA.
The ship had successfully taken off from Cape Canaveral (Florida) last Sunday in a reusable rocket Falcon 9 with the capsule Dragon on the cusp. Crew 1 is NASA's first commercial system and first commercial spacecraft.
Less than 10 minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 booster landed safely aboard the Just Read The Instructions drone stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
As for the little stowaway caught on camera in the Crew Dragon capsule, Baby Yoda become a kind of cultural icon after the Mandalorian premiered on Disney+ in 2019. Resilience is a fully automated (but supervised by the astronauts) capsule commissioned under the US's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). This is the first crew rotation mission of NASA's Commercial Crew Program and the first commercial crew flight to include an worldwide partner. A video tweeted by NASA showed the space station crew cheering as they welcomed the newly arrived astronauts, hugging them as they floated through an open hatch. Flying SpaceX, NASA will save about $ 25 million per seat.
After NASA retired on its space shuttle programme in 2011 and had to rely on the services of Russia's Soyuz (at a cost of $80 million per astronaut), the USA government kicked off the Development of Commercial Crew programme to harness private sector capacity at a much cheaper cost (estimated at slightly over half the cost of hiring Soyuz, etc).