SpaceX Falcon 9 Prepares to Launch, Then Scrubs Crew Dragon With NASA Astronauts
NASA Astronauts Prepare to Launch Crew Dragon Spacecraft
Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will go to the ISS on a SpaceX aircraft
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken arrive Wednesday from Houston at the Space Center. Kennedy in Florida, where an exhilarating preparatory process begins for the first astronaut launch from the United States in nine years, scheduled for May 27. They will go into space aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.
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Since the historic launch – the first since the shutdown of the space shuttle program – is taking place in a pandemic, journalists have limited access to the facility. Astronauts will give interviews to a smaller number of publications and in a virtual format.
Hurley was one of the NASA astronauts who took part in the last shuttle launch..
The plane from Houston will land on a runway that used to be used for shuttles. There, the astronauts will be greeted by NASA head Jim Bridenstine and Space Center director Bob Kabana. There will also be a press conference with a small pool of journalists..
For Bridenstein, this will be the first opportunity to publicly comment on the unexpected resignation of Doug Loverro, head of manned space exploration programs, who left office on Monday..
A dress rehearsal for the launch will take place on Saturday, and the astronauts will leave for the International Space Station at 4:33 pm next Wednesday..
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