Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Crew from aborted Soyuz capsule set for ISS mission next week

Content image- Phnom Penh Post A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket docks with the International Space Station during the Demo-1 mission on Sunday. NASA AFP
Cary Marshall | 07 March, 2019, 01:31

It will be slowed by four parachutes, in what is the one of the mission's riskiest stages.The launch is a key step towards resuming manned space flights from U.S. soil after an eight-year break.

The Crew Dragon will stay docked to the ISS until Friday and in all that time, the ISS crew members will unpack over 400 pounds of cargo the capsule carried with it and perform a series of tests.

A dummy named Ripley is onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during liftoff Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The docking of the capsule, which has only a dummy on board, was concluded at 1051 GMT, almost 250 miles (400 kilometers) over the surface of the Earth, NASA and SpaceX confirmed during a live broadcast of the mission.

NASA made a decision to retire the space shuttle program back in 2011, and American astronauts are tied to the schedule of the Russian Soyuz launches. According to NPR, astronauts aboard the ISS had been in a position to board the Crew Dragon round 7:07 a.m. time in Houston, the place NASA employees have been watching the occasion, and later returned without oxygen masks to correctly examine the craft.

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The SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully docked at the International Space Station over the weekend.

NASA hopes to certify SpaceX to fly crewed missions to ISS before the end of the year. To mitigate the costs, NASA opted to contract SpaceX and Boeing. "I think that's something that we'll do, and NASA's very supportive of that". Great activity and success. Trump tweeted Saturday evening. Congress has been generous with the space agency, providing overall funding of $21.5 billion in the 2019 budget. "We're looking forward to being one of many customers in a robust commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Within hours, the capsule's hatch swung open and the three astronauts floated inside to remove supplies and take air samples, wearing oxygen masks and hoods until they got the all-clear.

"We should have a base on the moon, like a permanently occupied human base on the moon, and then send people to Mars", Musk said during a press briefing. But it won't happen before 2023 - with the rocket, far more powerful than that used for the Dragon mission, still in development.

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