The unmanned capsule arrived right on schedule just before 6 a.m. (ET) on Sunday, following its early morning launch on Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA broke the news in a tweeted video of the docking, which elicited roaring cheers from those watching.
A member of SpaceX’s mission control center called it “unbelievable news.”
The first @Commercial_Crew mission arrived at the space station today when the @SpaceX #CrewDragon completed soft capture on the Harmony module at 5:51am ET. #LaunchAmerica https://t.co/Bgcgac0O50 pic.twitter.com/KfNFpHxpGx
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) March 3, 2019
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019
Crew Dragon is intended to transport astronauts eventually, but for this month’s mission it carried a data-collecting test dummy named Ripley, which will monitor how traveling in the craft may affect humans. It is also bringing 400 pounds equipment and supplies to the station.
The craft will spend five days at the station, leaving on Friday, according to a NASA blog post.
We’ve got NASA “rocking” again. Great activity and success. Congrats to SPACEX and all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2019
Under @POTUS’ leadership, we are leading in space again. Congrats to @NASA & @SpaceX for today’s successful launch of the #CrewDragon spacecraft — taking us one step closer to launching American astronauts to space from American soil on American-made rockets. #LaunchAmerica https://t.co/joVxcadLtb
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 2, 2019
In a statement Saturday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine congratulated SpaceX and NASA “for this major milestone in our nation’s history.”
Today’s successful launch marks a new chapter in American excellence, getting us closer to once again flying American Astronauts on American rockets from American soil. Congratulations to the @SpaceX and @NASA teams for this major milestone in our nation’s history. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/Gk8c9EdXNO
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) March 2, 2019
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.