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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 02:53 PM

SpaceX to launch capsule to space station in key milestone

Source: Reuters

Science News
March 1, 2019 / 12:36 PM / Updated 10 minutes ago

Joey Roulette

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Elon Muskís SpaceX was due to launch an unmanned crew capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket early on Saturday bound for the International Space Station, a major step toward NASAís goal of reviving the U.S. human spaceflight program this year.

SpaceXís 16-foot-tall (4.88-meter-) Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket was set for lift off from Floridaís Kennedy Space Center at 2:49 a.m. (1049 GMT) local time.

The stationís three-member crew is expected to greet the capsule, carrying 400 pounds of supplies and test equipment, early Sunday morning, NASA said. During its five-day stay, U.S. astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will run tests and inspect Crew Dragonís cabin.

NASA has awarded SpaceX and Boeing Co $6.8 billion to build competing rocket and capsule systems to launch astronauts into orbit from American soil for the first time since the U.S. Space Shuttle was retired from service in 2011.



Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-spacex/spacex-to-launch-capsule-to-space-station-in-key-milestone-idUSKCN1QI554

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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 03:49 PM

1. How I wish

That I still lived close enough to see the Launches from Central Florida

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