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High cloudiness and a thunderstorm in the area they caused that last Wednesday a new milestone in the history of aerospace aviation had to be delayed: just over fifteen minutes from the appointed time and already with astronauts Douglas Harley and Robert Behnken on boardThe launch of the Falcon 9 rocket in charge of transporting the Crew Dragon spacecraft was canceled.
Demo-2 Mission is causing a lot of anticipation, partly because the POT He has not sent any astronauts into space since 2011, but also because this trip will mean doing it for first time with an American ship which has also been built by a private company. SpaceX, property of the controversial Elon musk, is the partner of the space agency in this company.
On Wednesday, the audience that was going to be an eyewitness to the feat included Musk himself, as well as the US president. USA, Donald trump, and the vice president, Mike Pence. Also NASA director Jim Bridenstine. This cast of viewers is expected to repeat this Saturday.
If there are no mishaps, astronauts Behnken and Hurley will once again get on the Crew Dragon to leave Earth heading for the International Space Station (EEI) This Saturday, May 30, at 3:22 p.m. local time -21: 22 PEN-. They will, as in the first attempt, from launch complex 39A of the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The plan is still reach the ISS in about 24 hours, docking the capsule automatically and spending a “long stay” there, which has been said to last between 6 and 16 weeks, but is “still to be determined”, according to NASA itself.
The objective of this mission is validate SpaceX’s crewed transport system, from the launch pad to the rocket and the spacecraft, as well as operational capabilities.
“A new era in human space flight is ready to start when American astronauts re-launch an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. ” With these words, the website of the space agency presents the mission. You can follow the launch here: