This 7 seated beast may not be holding a full crew but two lucky (maybe?) astronauts will have liftoff if everything works out as planned. Doug
Hurley and Bob Behnken will be the first occupants on Dragon 2 that will make their way to the International Space Station where they will dock and
hang out with the rest of their crew for a stay, between one and four months.
SpaceX will be making history today. Glad we can all be a part of this major step forward.
To the moon and beyond! Rather.. The International Space Station.
If all goes well, the following schedule shows:
May 27, Wednesday (Today)
4:33 pm EST (20:33 GMT) - Launch
May 28, Thursday
7:20 a.m. – Astronaut downlink event from Crew Dragon
11:39 a.m. – Docking
1:55 p.m. – Hatch Open
2:25 p.m. - Welcome Ceremony
4:15 p.m. – Post-arrival news conference at Johnson Space Center
May 29, Friday
11:05 a.m. - International Space Station Expedition 63 crew news conference with Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug
Hurley of NASA
12:50 p.m. - SpaceX employee event and Class of 2020 Mosaic presentation, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley
Looking forward to watching this in the UK,Cheers for the link.
9.30pm launch for UK viewers.
I hope all goes smoothly and this is the start of many more manned launches.
I was just reading about the space suits-they are designed by some dude who has also designed costumes for Tron,and some marvel superhero movies!
And the interior of the crew dragon looks pretty sci fi too.
I just can't get excited about any of this. Here we are, about 50 years after first landing a human on the moon and still we have not gone back there
after that first blush of success.
Where are the permanent bases on the moon? Where is the program to take us out to Mars. And for crying out loud, where is a space station. A real
space station, not this kludge of a tacked together vehicle that is itself likely to be decommissioned
in the next four years.
The Trump administration has proposed that the US stop funding the ISS and hopes have been for private industry to go ahead and build something to
replace it. But where is that development? I don't see or hear anything about it.
So yeah, it's smooth that the Dragon will take a couple more guys up to ISS. But from all that I can see, all that we have is vestiges of the old hope
and flame of human expansion into the solar system. But from what I can see at this point it's all just window dressing for that older dream that
never came true.
Don`t feel bad man, there are bases in the moon and on mars, most likely in other places too, but hey, who does it benefit if a bunch of smartphone
drone monkeys know about these places and projects right?
A lot of the things you mentioned are not as easy as just paying for them.
There are so many science roadblocks yet to be overcome.
Low gravity living.
Food...a bit easier on the moon but not Mars.
Anyone heading to Mars in the near future will die a horrible death.
Not too long after we put a man on the Moon, we became fascinated by the red LEDs in the first electronic calculators. And it has been downhill in
terms of progress with mechanical conveyances since then. HUGE shift in emphasis as far as technological development went.
Yeah, bascially Blunt, that is what I am trying to say. There are so many things to overcome that were not even considered fifty years ago. And like
you say, Mars, seems to be not in the near future but in the far future. I think all of this stuff about going to the Moon and Mars is just
posturing, keeping that thread of hope for our species alive for a while longer.
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