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NASA SpaceX Crew Cleared To Launch This Wednesday

Officials at NASA and SpaceX have officially signed off next week’s historic mission to the International Space Station, with a review panel having found no reason to postpone the mission. On Wednesday, May 27, at approximately at 4.33pm EDT, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket that will be carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and

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Officials at NASA and SpaceX have officially signed off next week’s historic mission to the International Space Station, with a review panel having found no reason to postpone the mission.

On Wednesday, May 27, at approximately at 4.33pm EDT, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket that will be carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, from Florida’s Launch Complex 39A.

This launch marks the first time in nine years that humans have left Earth from a US territory, and will also be the first time astronauts have travelled into orbit in a spacecraft built by a private company.

A decision made by the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) panel on Friday, May 22, allowed for final preparations for launch to go ahead.

Following the conclusion of a successful review, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said:

The Flight Readiness Review is complete; we have another milestone under our belts. I think everybody in the room was very clear that now is the time to speak up if there are any challenges.

And there were some conversations that were very important to be had. But it’s also true that at the end, as each system and subsystem was considered, we got to a ‘go.’ So we are now preparing for a launch in five short days.

Benji Reed, director of crew mission management at SpaceX, said:

It is so incredible being here at Kennedy Space Center — the home of launching astronauts from American soil on American vehicles. And we get to do it again in just five days.

So on behalf of all the teams working Dragon, Falcon, and hardware and software teams, and everybody in our factory, all the way to our operations groups — we are honored that NASA has trusted us with this endeavor, and that Bob and Doug trust us.

Demo-2 will be SpaceX’s final test flight to validate its crew transportation system, which will include the Crew Dragon, Falcon 9 and launch pad, as well as operations capabilities. This mission will reportedly lay the groundwork for future manned flights into space.

Throughout the duration of the mission, crew members and SpaceX mission controllers will verify the performance of Demo-2’s environmental control system, displays and control system, manoeuvring thrusters and autonomous docking capability.

The astronauts will reportedly remain at the space station for an extended period of time, however the specific duration of the mission will be determined once Behnken and Hurley arrive at the station, and will depend upon the readiness of the next commercial crew launch.

Behnken and Hurley will work alongside the Expedition 63 crew to carry out research while supporting station operations and maintenance. With future missions in mind, the crew will also conduct tests to make sure the Dragon spacecraft can remain connected to the station for as long as 210 days.

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SpaceX Rocketship Carrying Astronauts Successfully Docks At Space Station

The Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts has successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS).   The SpaceX rocket left Earth yesterday, May 30, after being postponed on Wednesday due to bad weather. The historic event marks the first time NASA used a private company to transport one of its crews to orbit, and the

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The Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts has successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS).  

The SpaceX rocket left Earth yesterday, May 30, after being postponed on Wednesday due to bad weather.

The historic event marks the first time NASA used a private company to transport one of its crews to orbit, and the mission has succeeded in getting astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the mission had been ‘a long time coming’, adding:

It’s been nine years since we launched American astronauts, from American soil. And now it’s done.

Elon Musk’s company SpaceX confirmed the astronauts’ arrival on Twitter, writing:

Docking confirmed – Crew Dragon has arrived at the @space_station!

Crew Dragon had been in transit for approximately 19 hours before reaching the space station.

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Elon Musk’s Rescheduled SpaceX Rocket Carrying Astronauts Visible In Sky Tonight

Tonight Elon Musk’s SpaceX will make its second attempt to launch NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit, and you could see it from your own home. Thanks to the delightful clear weather we’re experiencing at the moment, people in the UK should be able to see the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a

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Tonight Elon Musk’s SpaceX will make its second attempt to launch NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit, and you could see it from your own home.

Thanks to the delightful clear weather we’re experiencing at the moment, people in the UK should be able to see the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket streaming through the sky tonight, May 30.

Of course, it will depend on how the weather fairs over in Florida as to whether the rocket will be able to successfully launch, following the launch cancellation on Wednesday, May 27.

However, if all goes to plan, SpaceX should launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8.22pm BST, and then it should be somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes later when the aircraft enters space, on its journey to the International Space Station. This is the time, shortly after 8.30pm, when SpaceX should be visible in the sky, just under the moon in the south west.

The Demo-2 mission will see experienced NASA astronauts Behnken, 48, and Hurley, 53, flying into space – making the Falcon 9 the first manned space flight to leave US soil in nine years.

If the launch goes ahead, it will also be SpaceX’s first-ever human flight, something made even more momentous as the rocket will be the first private space flight to head to the International Space Station.

SpaceX and NASA Prepare for Historic LaunchPA Images

Ahead of Wednesday’s launch attempt, Elon Musk spoke of his nerves and admitted he would take the blame if anything were to go wrong with the mission.

Speaking to CBS This Morning, he said:

I’m the chief engineer of this thing, so I’d just like to say that if it goes right, it’s credit to the SpaceX-NASA team. If it goes wrong, it’s my fault.

This is the culmination of a dream. This is a dream come true. In fact, it feels surreal. If you’d asked me when starting SpaceX if this would happen, I’d be like ‘1% chance, 0.1% chance’.

Elon MuskPA Images

If for any reason, the SpaceX rocket was forced to abort its take off, the vessel could land a lot closer to home, just off the west coast of Ireland,

‘Once liftoff occurs, the abort landing locations change with every passing second of flight, ultimately resulting in Crew Dragon requiring a potential landing off the western coast of Ireland,’ NASA said, as per the Irish Mirror.

Come on Florida weather, we’re counting on you.

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Amateur Photographer Captures Moment International Space Station Flies Past During Isolation

An amateur photographer has managed to capture beautiful images of the International Space Station flying past Earth during isolation; soaring 250 miles above our home planet. The satellite orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, travelling through a mind-boggling 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. For the next fortnight, those in the UK will be

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An amateur photographer has managed to capture beautiful images of the International Space Station flying past Earth during isolation; soaring 250 miles above our home planet.

The satellite orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, travelling through a mind-boggling 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.

For the next fortnight, those in the UK will be able to see it lighting up the night sky; giving the appearance of a very bright star shooting through the skies.

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James Newman, of London, managed to capture some absolutely brilliant pics of the ISS from his garden, using his phone rather than a fancy camera.

The clearness of the night sky meant James was able to use a long exposure, with the camera snapping one photograph as the ISS passed over.

The route of the spacecraft is clearly visible by observing the bright line of light captured by James.

According to James:

With the current lockdown, I checked online to find out what time the ISS would appear over my area. I have a standard tripod and a mobile phone, which allows a long exposure.

This keeps the lens open for a certain amount of time and compiles it into one photo. Just to sit in your garden, at this moment in time, and watch the stars is so relaxing.

There are many satellites that pass over our region, which can be tracked on mobile apps, so it gives you time to get set up before they fly over.

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James was able to capture these pictures over the course of several nights this week, and there is still time to spot the ISS for yourself if you haven’t done already.

The satellite will be flying about the UK between the hours of 6.30pm and 10.30pm right up until April 4, meaning there’s still a bit of time left to brush up on your photography skills. The timing will depend on the day and, of course, on whereabouts you’re located in the country.

The ISS really is an incredible feat of technology. Occupied by an international crew of three astronauts, it speeds around the Earth at around 29 times faster than a commercial plane.

Inside the craft, the space is bigger than a six-bedroom home, and includes a gym and a 360-degree viewing gallery.

There may be an awful lot going on in the world right now, but it’s photographs like this that make you remember just how vast and beautiful and fascinating the universe truly is.

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