– Advertisement – The crew overcame iffy weather and launched Sunday at 7:27 p.m. Eastern time from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The journey lasted 27 hours.When the Dragon’s commander, Mike S. Hopkins, made radio contact, Kate Rubins, an astronaut aboard the space station, called out, “Oh, what a good voice to hear,” The Associated Press reported. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, a privately built and operated vessel carrying four NASA astronauts, successfully arrived at the International Space Station on Monday night. “Docking confirmed — Crew Dragon has arrived at the @space_station!” the rocket company SpaceX, started by Elon Musk, announced on Twitter. – Advertisement – The trip is a milestone in the effort to bring private spaceflight to reality. – Advertisement – “For the first time in history, there is a commercial capability from a private sector entity to safely and reliably transport people to space,” Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA, said in a telephone interview with reporters on Thursday.In the future, instead of relying on government-operated spacecraft, NASA astronauts and anyone else with enough money can buy a ticket on a commercial rocket.The four astronauts on this flight are Mr. Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor J. Glover of NASA and Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese astronaut. They are to stay at the space station for six months. – Advertisement –
Kathy Griffin arrived at the Chateau Marmont the other day in a good mood “because the lunch is free.” One of the celeb guests at More Magazine’s Women in Film luncheon, she was there a bit early – flanked by her two assistants. As we stood in the lobby, I asked if she was in the mood for a little on-the-record chat. She said, “Sure! Let’s go find a place to sit.” She has just signed on for season four of “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” she told me. “We start filming New Year’s Eve and will be back on the air in June. This year, we’re doing 10 episodes instead of six. We have a lot of stuff planned for the season. It is going to be action-packed.” Since Kathy is now an Emmy winner and her TV show is such a hit on Bravo, I wondered if she could still legitimately claim to be on the D-list. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I know I’m still D-list,” she said emphatically. “Like for this event, they told me I could only bring one person. You know Annette Bening could bring 10 people if she wanted to. So I’m reminded on a daily basis of how D-list I still am.” I wondered if she regretted saying “Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now” when accepting her Emmy last fall. She does not, despite the fallout from various church groups. “The only thing that makes you feel A-list is being involved in some sort of a scandal, which I’ve dreamed of my whole career. I’ve tried to be scandalous, and now people finally noticed, and it’s been a fantastic thing. I was in Time; I was in Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, and the best part is – all with pictures of me holding the Emmy. So whatever you think of anything I do, the point is, you saw a picture of me holding an Emmy.” Kathy was a guest-host on “The View” the day after Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck had a 10-minute on-air argument that led to Rosie’s leaving the show three weeks ahead of schedule. I wanted to know if Kathy took sides: “Yeah, I would be team Rosie. I love her. I think she’s a hero, and I think she’s smart and provocative and evocative and does her own thing. Honestly, I think there’s nobody like her. I think she’s really great.” Did she want the permanent co-host gig that went to Sherri Shepherd? “I don’t think that show would be appropriate me,” she said. “But I enjoy doing that show very, very much. I get a huge kick out of Barbara. You know, I would probably be getting into trouble a lot. I don’t think I could censor myself that much.” Kathy and I wrap up our chat. But a few minutes later she finds me and has to tell me something: “It’s Kathy Griffin again,” she says into my tape recorder. “I’m doing two nights at the Kodak Theatre Jan. 10 and 11. Come see me live because that’s where the fur really flies.” I am so there. For an extended Q & A with Kathy Griffin, go to blogs.dailynews.com/outinhollywood.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!