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NASA, SpaceX set date for astronaut launch

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Waspie_Dwarf

NASA, SpaceX set May 27 as target date for first crew launch

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A decade in the making, NASA and SpaceX have set May 27 as the target launch date for the first crewed space mission to launch into orbit from U.S. soil since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, two veterans of the shuttle program, will ride SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft into orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. That’s the same historic launch facility used by the last space shuttle flight.

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Jon the frog

NICE !!! Will surely watch the launch life !

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Seti42

Cool! NASA/space science is one of the few things my government does that I am proud of.

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Still Waters

Update:

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Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have flown into the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for their historic mission next week.

The pair's trip to the International Space Station (ISS) will be made in a rocket and capsule system provided by a commercial company, SpaceX.

Hurley and Behnken flew into Florida from the agency's human spaceflight headquarters in Texas where they have been in quarantine.

They'll continue protecting their health at Kennedy as they get ready for next Wednesday's planned lift-off.

Thursday will see teams from SpaceX and Nasa hold a flight readiness review to confirm all preparation activities are good to proceed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52748293

 

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Still Waters

But now I've found this:

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NASA delays giving green light to historic SpaceX astronaut launch

NASA's flight readiness review - which was set to deliver the final go-ahead for the SpaceX launch - did not conclude as expected on Thursday.

The agency instead announced discussions were still ongoing, although the details were not disclosed.

For now the launch is still scheduled to proceed next Wednesday, 27 May, at approximately 8.30pm UK time, with a virtual press conference in Florida set to be held on Friday at 7.15pm UK time.

https://news.sky.com/story/nasa-delays-green-light-to-historic-spacex-astronaut-launch-11992655

 

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Waspie_Dwarf

The flight readiness review has concluded. NASA has given the green light to proceed. 

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Meridian O

Disaster = Hurley :ph34r:

 

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bison
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The weather for tomorrow's  Crew Dragon launch needs to be favorable, particularly low wind speed, over a wide area of the North Atlantic, from Florida to Ireland. This is because an abort after launch, and splash-down can occur near Florida, Newfoundland, or Ireland.

Partly cloudy conditions and wind from 6 to 13 miles per hour over most of that range look favorable.   More concerning is a prediction for 80 % chance of rain, and possible thunderstorms near the Florida launch site.

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bison
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Weather predictions made at 10 a.m. EDT today, put the odds of conditions favorable for the launch of the Crew Dragon mission at 50 percent. If today's  very brief launch window, at 4:33 p.m. EDT is missed, there will be additional opportunities to try again on Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.

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Mr.United_Nations

Oo  a tornado warning

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bison

Yes, a tornado warning was issued, just before 2:00 p.m. EDT. The go/no-go determination for today's launch will be made at about 3:48 p.m. EDT, just under an hour from now.

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Waspie_Dwarf

Tornado warning has expired but weather is still "red". There are anvil clouds in the area.

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