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Space-Station Arrival

CREWMATES Sultan al-Neyadi (right) and three fellow astronauts lock in before launch to the ISS. SPACEX

Four new crew members arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on March 3. They’ll do six months of research. The crew is made up of scientists. They’re from the United States, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sultan al-Neyadi is just the second person from the UAE to go to space. The four join 11 other people on the ISS.

The SpaceX capsule took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on March 2. Docking was delayed for an hour. There was a problem with the capsule’s docking hooks. The capsule hovered 65 feet from the ISS. Flight controllers had to make a software fix.

“I can’t be happier than this, seeing old friends in space, gathering as a big family,” al-Neyadi said, entering the station. “This is the essence of space exploration.”