After the highly anticipated launch of SpaceX Crew-1 in partnership with NASA was delayed yesterday due to adverse wind conditions, today could be the big day for Elon Musk’s company.
This will be SpaceX’s first operational launch, following its test with astronauts in May, in an event that “glued” the world to the screens.
The launch is scheduled for midnight and 30 p.m. (12:30 a.m.) today and will be broadcast live on NASA’s official YouTube channel.
Who are the astronauts who will make history with SpaceX?
SpaceX Crew-1 transports 4 astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), on a mission that should have a duration of six months.
- Michael S. Hopkins Colonel of the United States Space Force and Commander of this flight. Hopkins was one of 9 astronauts selected by NASA in 2009 and has already traveled to the ISS in 2013 and 2014. The 51-year-old astronaut is the first in the newly created US Space Force to go into space.
- Shannon Walker – with a PhD in space physics from Rice University, he studied how solar winds interact with Venus’ atmosphere. Dr. Walker, 55, already made a trip to the ISS in 2010.
- Soichi Noguchi – This is the only crew astronaut of JAXA (Japanese space agency), this is his 3rd space journey. Noguchi, 55, was part of the Discovery crew in 2005, the first launch after the Columbia missile crash that killed 7 in 2002.
- Victor Glover – Selected by NASA in 2013, this will be the 44-year-old astronaut’s first space mission and will also be the first black NASA astronaut to complete an ISS mission.
This will be the third attempt to launch the SpaceX Crew-1
The original launch of SpaceX Crew-1 in conjunction with NASA was scheduled for November 10. But due to technical issues with the Falcon 9 missile during the launch of a Sapace Force GPS satellite on Oct. 2, they had to postpone the launch.
Yesterday the launch ultimately did not take place due to the lack of ideal weather conditions due to strong winds. Hopefully it will be time for SpaceX Crew-1 on the 3rd time.
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