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Japanese Astronaut Successfully Completes NASA’s First Commercial Crew Program Flight

Soichi Noguchi

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) docked to the International Space Station (ISS) at 11:01 p.m. EST on Monday, successfully completing the first of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) flights.

Noguchi was with three NASA astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience, which lifted off Sunday evening from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Meet the 28-Year-Old Female Engineer Making Space Exploration Cool Again

Earlier this month, an internet firestorm was set off after Isis Wenger, a 22-year-old San Francisco-based engineer, was criticized online for being too pretty, and thus an unrealistic choice, to portray an engineer in an ad campaign for tech startup OneLogin. The only problem: Wenger is actually an engineer at the company.

In response to the criticisms, she began the #ilooklikenaengineer campaign on Twitter to encourage other female engineers to be seen and heard.

Elon Musk’s Birthday Ruined After SpaceX Rocket Explosion

Elon Musk did not have a good birthday on Sunday as he watched his SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explode shortly after launch, the third time a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has ended in failure in recent months.

On Sunday at 10:51 a.m., the 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 reusable rocket designed by Musk’s Exploration Technologies took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a Dragon capsule carrying more than two and half tons of supplies for the ISS’s three-astronaut crew in tow.