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Astronaut Doug Hurley Bangs Head Upon Entering The International Space Station

Astronaut Doug Hurley Bangs Head Upon Entering The International Space Station

One of the NASA astronauts boarding the International Space Station this weekend had his grand entrance ruined slightly when he appeared to bang his head on the hatch door.

US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken managed to successfully make their way over to the International Space Station from Earth, having been fired into the skies on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

As they made their way through the hatch, viewers watching the stream at home spotted that one of the duo 'banged his head' coming in, with Hurley seen afterwards wiping his forehead with a tissue.

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One person tweeted: "Lol the astronaut on ⁦@SpaceX⁩ floated into the space station and banged his head."

Another said: "So cool watching the astronauts from SpaceX Falcon9 board the international space station. But somebody banged his head... ouch!"

Someone else took a more concerned approach, asking: "Is @Astro_Doug ok? He seemed to have cut himself?"

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Mind you, I'd imagine banging your head is the least of your concerns when you've managed to fly yourself from Earth to the International Space Station on board a rocket, which obviously requires some fairly mad skills.

Sore head or not, Hanley just looked chuffed to have made it there in once piece, with he and Behnken joining NASA colleague Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

Credit: NASA TV
Credit: NASA TV

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was understandably delighted by the success of the mission, too, saying he was 'overcome with emotion' watching his rocket launch after many years of hard work - especially as the first attempt earlier in the week had to be called off due to bad weather.

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The billionaire said: "I'm really quite overcome with emotion on this day. It's kind of hard to talk, frankly. I've spent 18 years working toward this goal, so it's hard to believe that it's happened.

"It is a little hard to process. I think at this point I haven't sorted out my emotions.

"This is hopefully the first step on a journey towards civilisation on Mars, of life becoming multi-planetary, a base on the moon and expanding beyond Earth."

Featured Image Credit: NASA TV

Topics: World News, News, SpaceX, Nasa, astronaut

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]