There are only 9 days left until the first SpaceX astronaut launch for NASA and the agency is inviting the public to join a historic tour.
The Crew-1 duty is scheduled to take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on the evening of November 14. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will send a Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts – NASA’s Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Shannon Walker and Soichi of Japan Noguchi – went to the International Space Station to stay for six months.
Crew-1 will be the first contracted mission SpaceX flies under a $ 2.6 billion deal it signed with NASA̵7;s Commercial Crew Program in 2014. The agency is clearly excited about this milestone and makes a great deal of effort to share that excitement with all of us.
SpaceX Crew-1 Astronaut Mission: Live Update
“Members of the public can attend the virtual launch, receive mission updates and common onsite opportunities,” NASA officials said. wrote in a statement on Tuesday (November 3).
The agency added: “NASA’s virtual launch experience for Crew-1 includes selective launch resources, digital boarding passes, NASA social interactions and opportunities. get virtual launch passport seal after successful launch “.
You can download “boot passport” Crew-1 hereSign up for email mission updates here and subscribe to social media updates here.
NASA has also compiled a Crew-1 teaching toolkit that educators and parents can use to keep students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. You can find that resource here.
There will be plenty of activity to follow during construction until the November 14 launch. For example, the Crew-1 astronauts will arrive at KSC on November 8 and NASA will be hosting the Crew-1’s social media interactions “on November 9 at 1:15 p.m. EST (1815 GMT).
The agency also plans to conduct a telemetry meeting in the media on November 9 to discuss the results of the Flight-1 readiness assessment. The time has yet to be determined; The teleconference will take place no sooner than an hour after the end of the assessment, which could last until November 10, NASA officials said.
A pre-launch press conference will be held on November 12, also at a determined time. And NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other celebrities will take part in the “countdown press conference” on November 13 at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT).
NASA television reports on the Crew-1 launch that will begin at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT) on November 14, scheduled for launch at 7:49 p.m. EST (0049 GMT on November 15) and Crew Dragon will dock with the space station around 4:20 a.m. EST (0920 GMT) on November 15.
A ceremony to welcome the four newly arrived astronauts will be held on the International Space Station at around 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT) on November 15. About 20 minutes later, NASA will hold a press conference. after landing with Bridenstine and a number of other prominent officials.
You can find all the details about this Crew-1’s coverage and more here.
Crew-1 will be SpaceX’s second astronaut mission to the space station, after Demo-2 flight test, released on May 30 this year. Demo-2 – the first orbit flight launched from the US since the shuttle retired in 2011 – brought NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the station to stay at the station for two months. .
Like SpaceX, the aerospace giant Boeing signed a commercial crew contract with NASA in 2014. Boeing will complete a $ 4.2 billion contract with a capsule named CST-100. Starliner. But Starliner is not ready for the astronauts to fly; it should be first Pass a pilotless flight to the space station. Starliner tried this once in December 2019, but the capsule malfunctioned and was stuck in a trajectory too low to reach the meeting point with the station.
Mike Wall is the author of “Out there“(Grand Central Publishing House, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.