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2 NASA astronauts blast off into space on a SpaceX rocket

2 nasa astronauts blast off into space on a spacex rocket

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from home soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode skyward aboard a white-and-black, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off at 3:22 p.m. from the same launch pad used to send Apollo crews to the moon a half-century ago. Minutes later, they slipped safely into orbit.

“Let’s light this candle,” Hurley said just before ignition, borrowing the historic words used by Alan Shepard on America’s first human spaceflight, in 1961.

The two men are scheduled to arrive Sunday at the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, for a stay of up to four months, after which they will come home with a Right Stuff-style splashdown at sea, something the world hasn’t witnessed since the 1970s.

The mission unfolded amid the gloom of the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 100,000 Americans, and racial unrest across the U.S. over the case of George Floyd, …

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Sen. Cruz: ‘America Once Again Leads the World in Space Exploration’ – Crossroads Today

sen. cruz: ‘america once again leads the world in space exploration’ – crossroads today

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Applauds NASA & SpaceX’s historic manned mission to International Space Station

May 30, 2020 4:04 PM

Geno Perez

Posted: May 30, 2020 4:04 PM

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, today applauded the successful and historic manned SpaceX Crew Dragon launch:

“In the midst of a global pandemic that has taken countless lives and shattered livelihoods, this historic launch serves as a reminder of American strength and grit. For the first time in nearly a decade, American astronauts are going into space, from American soil, on an American spacecraft, and for the first time ever, manning a commercially-created rocket. This launch has been years in the making, and couldn’t have been possible without the strong bipartisan commitment to America’s leadership in space and a flourishing commercial space sector. I look forward to visiting Johnson Space Center and home of human space exploration right here in Houston tomorrow and talking with astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken from mission control.”

As chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, Sen. Cruz has championed America’s leadership in space. In 2016, Sen. Cruz introduced the NASA Transition Authorization Act, which was signed into law in 2017. The legislation …

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TJC Science Center Director calls SpaceX launch ‘historic moment for space exploration’

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The Director of Tyler Junior College’s Earth and Space Science Center said Saturday’s SpaceX launch marks the start of a new chapter in space exploration.The partnership between Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA is the first successful launch of its kind, with a company from the private sector ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station. It has been almost a decade since NASA astronauts left orbit launching from U.S. soil.”This launch is a historic moment for space exploration, it’s the first time that a private company has ever launched astronauts into space. It’s also the first time since the shuttle program was cancelled in 2011 that we were able to launch Americans from American soil,” Science Center Director Beau Hartweg said. “This is a very exciting moment for space exploration, you can tell there is a lot of excitement on social media and in the community. What it’s signifying is that America is ready to move on and take the lead in space exploration again.”The Associated Press reports that NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode skyward aboard a sleek, white-and-black, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off at 3:22 p.m. from …

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SpaceX’s mission: A new chapter in space exploration — and in

spacex’s mission: a new chapter in space exploration — and in

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On a warm, beautiful morning in January 2003, the space shuttle mission STS 107 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center. Two weeks later, it proved to be the beginning of the last mission of the space shuttle Columbia. A myriad of things can and often do go wrong leading up to every launch, but all systems checked out fully operational and the weather was perfect for this launch. It was the only mission during my tenure as NASA administrator that wasn’t postponed due to weather conditions or a systems failure. Extreme diligence, attention to safety details and a flawless operational mission were insufficient to save the orbiter and crew on reentry. It wasn’t due to a weather risk; it happened because of one of the many factors on every flight that can result in failure. On previous shuttle flights we had repetitively discounted the risk of a recurring pattern; on this mission we lost seven remarkable people. In the aftermath of the horrific tragedy, we openly investigated the cause, fixed it and resolved to get back to the exploration quest to which they dedicated their lives. Last Wednesday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with a NASA crew aboard the Dragon …

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SpaceX’s Successful Blast-Off Signals New Era of Human Space Exploration

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With a flash of light, billowing smoke, and a thunderous roar, American astronauts on Saturday afternoon blasted into space aboard an American spacecraft for the first time since NASA decommissioned the aging, unsafe Space Shuttle fleet in 2011. The first manned flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft not only restores the United States’ ability to launch people into orbit, it also signals a possible new era of space exploration. Thousands of people tuned into livestreams of the historic launch from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center near Orlando. SpaceX founder Elon Musk, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and President Donald Trump flew in to see off astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley and observe the launch. “This is going to be like the World Series, the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup all rolled into one,” Zeb Scoville, NASA’s flight director, told reporters in the weeks leading up to the launch.Mission-controllers canceled a previous launch attempt on Wednesday owing to bad weather. As late as Saturday morning, SpaceX tweeted that there was a 50 percent chance of a storm interfering with the day’s lift-off. But the weather remained clear and the spacecraft lifted off just before 3:25 p.m. …

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After the manned launch, what is next for space exploration?

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article (Photo by NASA/Getty Images) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA and SpaceX could successfully launched two astronauts into space on Saturday if the weather cooperates, completing the first manned launch since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. But what comes next for the Demo-2 mission and the rest of space exploration? From here, the astronauts on board, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, will ride SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft into orbit and to the International Space Station. There, they will spend an undetermined amount of time. NASA said the length of the Demo-2 mission will be based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch. With the Dragon Crew spacecraft, they can spend about 110 days in orbit.  When it is time to return home and end the mission, the Crew Dragon spacecraft will reportedly undock with the two veteran astronauts on board. It will depart the International Space Station and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, splashing down just off of Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The SpaceX Navigator recovery vessel will pick Hurley and Behnken up at sea and bring them back to Cape Canaveral.MORE NEWS: If this mission is successful, NASA said that the SpaceX Dragon …

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SpaceX, NASA to try again for landmark launch of two astronauts from Florida

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX was set for a repeat attempt at launching two Americans into orbit on Saturday from Florida for a mission that would mark the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years. FILE PHOTO: The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, atop a Falcon 9 booster rocket, is connected to the crew access arm and launch tower on Pad39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Steve NesiusThe mission’s first launch try on Wednesday was called off with less than 17 minutes remaining on the countdown clock due to stormy weather around the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. The forecast for Saturday was likewise precarious. Mission managers plan to make an earlier decision on weather hazards in a bid to avoid unnecessarily wearing out the crew with another suit-up and full day of launch preparations. “Back-to-back wet dress rehearsals” disrupt the astronauts’ sleep cycles, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine told a Friday news conference. Barring weather or other unforeseen problems, the 24-story-tall SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is due to lift off at 3:22 p.m. EDT, propelling astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken …

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NASA researcher provides overview of science on the ISS

nasa researcher provides overview of science on the iss

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Laurel Kornfeld May 29th, 2020
ISS as photographed by Expedition 56 astronauts from a Soyuz capsule. Image Credit: NASA
Research conducted on board the International Space Station (ISS) encompasses numerous science fields, such as biology and biotechnology, human research, the physical sciences, technological demonstrations, Earth and space science, and public education, noted Brandon Redell of NASA’s ISS Integration Office at the Johnson Space Center.
Redell discussed scientific research currently being conducted on the ISS in a NASA Night Sky Network Webinar livestreamed on Wednesday, May 27, titled “International Space Station Research and Technology 101.”
The Night Sky Network is a national group of amateur astronomy clubs whose purpose is to inspire the public about NASA’s missions and the science and technology that go into them.
“The ISS is an orbiting laboratory. It’s a space station that’s been going around the Earth. It’s been a continuous presence with humans for at least 20 years now. We conduct research to aid space exploration and for human benefits here on Earth as well as developing new technologies,” Redell said.
Research on the ISS has helped scientists learn about a wide range of subjects, from human health to black holes, he added. Scientific discoveries …

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