You don’t want any slip-ups when you are moving at 17,000mph and the astronauts aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX Dragon were composure itself as they docked with the International Space Station (ISS).

Thirty hours after blast-off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center the multi-national crew caught up with its target 261 miles above Queensland, Australia.

On board are a Dane, an American, a Russian and a Japanese astronaut on a six-month mission to study space’s effects on microbial life and on human sleep patterns.

They join another seven astronauts already on board including America’s Woody Hoburg who had some advice for his new guests.

‘They’ll be very focused on their launch, their rendezvous, their docking,’ he said about his new crewmates from orbit Wednesday.

The crew of four make final preparations for the docking in the cockpit of their SpaceX Dragon capsule

The crew of four make final preparations for the docking in the cockpit of their SpaceX Dragon capsule

The crew of four make final preparations for the docking in the cockpit of their SpaceX Dragon capsule 

Astronauts on the space station captured their colleagues approaching from below

Astronauts on the space station captured their colleagues approaching from below

Astronauts on the space station captured their colleagues approaching from below

‘And then once they get here, the timescales change completely.

‘We all feel like we want to go 100 miles an hour and put our training to use and be really effective right away. But it’s a long road ahead.’

‘So they’ll hopefully have a bit of time to just relax, enjoy themselves and get into the groove of living and working up here aboard the space station.’

The arrival of Crew 7 marks the eighth crewed mission flown for Nasa by Musk’s company since 2020 and was screened live by the space agency.

On board is US Naval test pilot Jasmin Moghbeli, 40, whose parents fled Iran during the 1979 revolution.

Born in Germany and raised on New York’s Long Island, she joined the Marines and flew attack helicopters in Afghanistan.

Alongside her is Dane Andreas Mogensen who began his career on oil rigs in West Africa before joining the European Space Agency. 

Completing the most internationally diverse crew in Nasa’s history are Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and Konstantin Borisov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos in his first mission to space.

Everyone in the crew is from a different nation for the first time in Nasa's history (L to R) Russia's Konstantin Borisov, Denmark's Andreas Mogensen, America's Jasmin Moghbeli and Japan's Satoshi Furukawa

Everyone in the crew is from a different nation for the first time in Nasa's history (L to R) Russia's Konstantin Borisov, Denmark's Andreas Mogensen, America's Jasmin Moghbeli and Japan's Satoshi Furukawa

Everyone in the crew is from a different nation for the first time in Nasa’s history (L to R) Russia’s Konstantin Borisov, Denmark’s Andreas Mogensen, America’s Jasmin Moghbeli and Japan’s Satoshi Furukawa

Crew 7 smiled for the camera's before Saturday's launch

Crew 7 smiled for the camera's before Saturday's launch

Crew 7 smiled for the camera’s before Saturday’s launch   

Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli described launch aboard the Falcon 9 as an 'awesome ride'

Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli described launch aboard the Falcon 9 as an 'awesome ride'

Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli described launch aboard the Falcon 9 as an ‘awesome ride’ 

The launch went without a hitch at Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida

The launch went without a hitch at Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida

The launch went without a hitch at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida 

The crew carried three-toed sloth as their mascot as they headed into space picked by Mogensen’s children claim he is usually the slowest in the family when leaving the house.

Their launch on a Falcon 9 rocket was described as ‘awesome’ by Moghbeli who hopes to show Iranian girls that they, too, can aim high.

‘Belief in yourself is something really powerful,’ she said before the flight.

‘This is something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember,’ she explained during a media call last month.

‘One of the things I’m most excited about is looking back at our beautiful planet.

‘Everyone who I’ve talked to who has flown already has said that was a life-changing perspective – and also floating around in space, it seems really fun.’

Four astronauts already on the space station are due to return to Earth in a few days, but not Nasa’s Frank Rubio who is due to break America’s endurance record in space with 371 days by the time he lands in Kazakhstan on September 27.

He was due back in March but a coolant leak in the Soyuz capsule that was due to take him put pay to the plan.

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