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    The SpaceX crew with their astronauts returned to Earth after the International Space Station had decoupled. Crew Dragon crewmen Douglas Harley and Robert Behnken completed the first trip to orbit in a privately owned vehicle, a mission already considered historic. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, wanted to congratulate NASA and the astronauts for successfully completing the mission … a mission that had a problem when the capsule arrived on the ship where Douglas Harley and Robert Behnken were removed. It took more than 40 minutes for NASA members to open the ship’s door. More than 40 minutes where the situation was studied and where up to eight people tried to assist and help to open...
    SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley onboard on August 2, 2020.NASA TV SpaceX safely returned NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Earth on Sunday afternoon, concluding a two month test that was historic for both the company and agency. The company's Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida. The astronauts will be recovered by a SpaceX boat as planned in the next hour. Known as Demo-2, the mission represented the first time Elon Musk's company has sent people to space — making SpaceX the first company to do so, a feat only previously achieved by government superpowers. For NASA...
    NASA NASA SpaceX Return to Earth The historic SpaceX NASA Crew Dragon is returning to Earth this afternoon on Sunday, August 2. The splashdown is scheduled to happen around 2:48 p.m. Eastern, but times are subject to change. Live streams from a variety of sources are included in the story below, so you can see the return from different angles. The astronauts flying today are Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. The Crew Dragon undocked from the International Space Station at 7:35 p.m. Eastern on August 1. The Dragon Endeavour was set on its orbital path at 1:48 a.m. Eastern on August 2, ready to splashdown off Pensacola, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon, NASA shared.Official SpaceX...
    The two astronauts will wait for rescue boats in the waters of the Florida coast Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken began undocking the Dragon Endeavor capsule from the International Space Station on Saturday to return home. The first contact of American astronauts with the planet’s surface will be on the waters off the coast of Florida (Southeast USA) around 14:40 local time this Sunday. A successful landing will be seen as a sign that the United States has, in return, an efficient system for putting crew into orbit and achieving their return. A quality that had not been seen since 2011, when the country gave up continuing to use ferries. 10 keys to the historic mission of SpaceX and...
    On February 2, 1960, Look magazine ran a cover story that asked “Should a Girl Be First in Space?” It was a sensational headline representing an audacious idea at the time. And, as we all know, the proposal fell short. In 1961, NASA sent Alan Shepard above the stratosphere, followed by dozens of other American spacemen over the next two decades. Only in 1983 did Sally Ride become America’s first woman to launch. A certain kind of person might be compelled to ask, why would anyone think a woman should be the first to space, anyway? And to this person I would say, expert medical opinion, for starters. Women have fewer heart attacks than men, and in the 1950s and...
    New York (CNN Business)NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are preparing to leave the International Space Station this evening and begin their 19-hour journey home, capping off the their historic mission aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft.Later this afternoon, Behnken and Hurley are expected to climb aboard their Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Dragon Endeavour, which has been docked at the space station since the astronauts arrived in May. If the weather forecast looks acceptable, the capsule will leave the space station around 7:30 pm ET and begin its 19-hour trek to a splashdown off the coast of Florida. If the Crew Dragon is cleared to leave this evening, it's expected to reach its water landing at 2:42 pm ET Sunday.The...
    When NASA started the Commercial Crew Program in 2010, the goal was to get private-sector companies to produce the most cost-effective, innovative and safe way to get astronauts to the International Space Station.  The program was structured as a multi-tiered competition, with companies bidding for NASA contracts to build the space transportation systems under specific parameters set forth by the agency. NASA eventually awarded the contracts to SpaceX and Boeing.  For nearly a decade, SpaceX and Boeing have been neck and neck, building and testing their crew transportation systems. But SpaceX's successful launch in May marked a major milestone for the company, leaving Boeing to play catch up. It was the first time that NASA astronauts took off from U.S. soil since...
    The SpaceX spacesuits integrate seamlessly with the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Video clip screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The SpaceX spacesuits intended for Crew Dragon astronauts glance a large amount unique from the typical NASA fits that have been in support for a long time. SpaceX shared an within seem at the spacesuit layout in a video released Monday that features some insight into 1 of the most obvious parts of the Crew Dragon mission.   The spacesuits attribute a sleek, streamlined layout and have a symbiotic romance with the seats in the Crew Dragon spacecraft. They hook up through an “umbilical” that connects the astronauts to every thing from communications to air for respiratory.  Chris Trigg, spacesuits and crew...
    NASA and SpaceX are hunting to complete up the last demonstration mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft at the finish of this week, but it is really presently searching ahead to Crew-2 – the 2nd operational flight of Crew Dragon, at this time established for sometime up coming spring. The agency uncovered the four people that will fly aboard that launch, such as two NASA astronauts, as effectively as a person from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and a single from the European Room Agency (ESA). NASA astronauts Megan McCarthur and Shane Kimbrough will be part of JAXA’s Akihiko Hoshide and ESA’s Thomas Pesquet on that flight, which will adhere to Crew-1 at this time scheduled for sometime...
    With that in mind, the research team decided to do a proof-of-concept study on the ISS to see how the mold would fare in blocking space radiation. They set up petri dishes with C. sphaerospermum fungi on one side and a control with no fungi on the other. Underneath, a pair of radiation detectors were connected to Raspberry Pi devices to capture radiation levels, and measure humidity, temperature, flow and other parameters. Space Tango, Inc. The fungi survived just fine in the microgravity environment and lowered radiation levels by nearly two percent. That could rise to as much as five percent if the fungi fully surrounded an object, the team calculated. Considering the relatively thin 1.7 mm fungal “lawn,” (layer)...
    A scarily realistic deepfake video shows what it would have looked like if President Richard Nixon was forced to deliver a sombre address to the world had the Apollo 11 mission ended in disaster.  It is well-known that the American president had two speeches prepared, one in case of a safe landing and one in the event that tragedy struck.  Fortuitously, the landing on July 20 1969 by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was a resounding success, rendering the latter redundant.  However, experts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created an entirely artificial video showing what it may have looked and sounded like.  It is part of a project called 'Moon Disaster' and is designed to draw attention to...
    On the International Space Station (ISS), astronauts can obtain supplies from Earth from a cargo spacecraft that I sawvisit the space station, which takes just six hours to arrive. But the journey time to Mars is at least eight months. And if you are on the red planet, you must do it alone. Scientists have been working to address this problem. They have been looking for ways for astronauts to produce their own clean water and grow their own food. And just as importantly, they ensure that any risk of contamination is reduced, to keep astronauts as safe and healthy as possible on long-duration missions. Clean water Drinking water is something many of us take for granted on Earth, but...
    (CNN)History was made on this day more than half a century ago when two American astronauts walked on the moon. A mission many doubted was possible became reality for Neil Armstrong -- the first man to walk on the moon -- and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, who joined him 19 minutes later.Here are some facts about what happened 51 years ago Monday:World watched history unfoldApollo 11 became the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon.Read MoreAt 9:32 a.m. ET, July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from Florida on its mission to the moon.During the widely televised event, the world watched and waited as the lunar module Eagle separated from the command module and began its descent.Then came the words from...
    By Barbara Demmig-Adams, The Conversation Current industrialized food systems were optimized for a single goal—growing the maximum amount of food for the least amount of money. But when room and supplies are limited—like during space travel—you need to optimize for a different set of goals to meet the needs of the people you are trying to feed. NASA and the Translational Research Institute for Space Health asked my lab to figure out how to grow an edible plant for long-term space missions where fresh, nutritious food must be produced in tight quarters and with limited resources. To do this, we turned to a plant called duckweed. Duckweed is a small floating plant that grows on the surface of ponds. It...
    Miami, Jul 17 (EFE) .- NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced on Friday that the Demo-2 mission to complete the first commercial flight to the International Space Station (ISS) will begin its return to Earth next August 1. The American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will go back to the Crew Dragon capsule, which they baptized as “Endeavor”, which after approximately a day of travel will perch with a parachute on the surface of the ocean, where the astronauts they will be picked up and brought ashore. However, Bridenstine warned in a message posted on her Twitter account that “the weather could change the end date.” The Dragon Endeavor, with Behnken and Hurley on board, will return home after being...
    As hostile an environment as Antarctica is, the icy continent still has one thing that the Moon and Mars doesn’t, and that’s air. When we go into space, we need to bring along air, or otherwise make it—not only for breathing but also for pressurizing the space suits. That’s the added challenge of living off of the Earth. Yet there is one place on Earth that’s exactly like deep space. This is an unworldly environment of complete darkness, low temperatures, abnormal environmental pressure, no natural supply of breathable oxygen, cramped quarters, and chilling isolation, with limited ability to contact any other humans—a place where you and your crewmates need to generate your own electricity to power your lights and machines;...
    As NASA gears up to send humans to the moon and Mars it is also working on new advances to protect the space terrains from human germs, along with keeping alien microbes from contaminating Earth. The American space agency released updates to its Planetary Protection Policies that provide new requirements for both astronaut and robotic missions. The added policies note that no biological matter is to be left on or around the moon and humans are to not contaminate any part of Mars or return to Earth with germs from the Red Planet. The first woman and next man are set to head to the moon in 2024 and the first crewed mission to Mars is planned for the 2030s...
    Andrew LiszewskiJust now•Filed to:AIAIArtificial IntelligenceNASAApollo 16Neural NetworksDeep LearningSaveGif: YouTube (Other) The last time astronauts walked on the moon was in December of 1972, decades before high-definition video cameras were available. They relied on low-res grainy analog film to record their adventures, which makes it hard for viewers to feel connected to what’s going on. But using modern AI techniques to upscale classic NASA footage and increase the frame rate suddenly makes it feel like you’re actually on the moon. The YouTube channel Dutchsteammachine has recently uploaded footage from the Apollo 16 mission that looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before, unless you were an actual Apollo astronaut. Originally captured on 16-millimeter film at just 12 frames per second, footage of...
    CBS Callie Cattell, a commercial fisherman and NASA diver, competes on CBS reality show Tough As Nails The latest reality show to debut this summer is a brand-new competition series on CBS called Tough As Nails. It takes 12 Americans from all walks of life whose common thread is that they work in tough, gritty jobs — ironworker, firefighter, welder, Marine Corps veteran, and more. They will compete both as individuals and on teams to win cash and prizes, with one of them ultimately being crowned the Tough As Nails champion. One of the competitors is Callie Cattell, a 28-year-old from Bend, Oregon, who spends her time working as a commercial fisherman in the frigid waters off the...
    (CNN)This October, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan.Although NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken successfully launched to the station in May from the United States aboard the SpaceX Endeavour, launches to the space station on the the Russian space vehicle Soyuz will still continue in the part of Kazakhstan leased to Russia.This is the second spaceflight for Rubins and Ryzhikov and the first for Kud-Sverchkov. (From left) NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will launch to the International Space Station along with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov in October.They will launch on October 14 at 12:45 p.m. ET...
    NASA developed the smell of space in a lab to help train astronauts before launching into orbit, but the scent has been ‘trapped behind red tape and bureaucracy' for nearly a decade’ – until now. The Eau de Space team was able to get their hands on it and have recreated the formula into a bottled fragrance. The firm pooled records of astronauts describing the aroma of the final frontier, which is a mixture of seared steak, raspberries and rum. However, the scents have been optimized and can be worn safely 'if you like the smell.' Scroll down for video  The Eau de Space team was able to get their hands on it and have recreated the formula into...
    NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken have stepped out into the vacuum of space to replace an ageing battery on the International Space Station. The pair started the 229th spacewalk from the station at 12:35 BST and are expected to be outside between six and seven hours while they swap in new batteries. This is the second spacewalk in a week and will see the astronauts continue where they left off in swapping out old batteries to improve power to the station. They stepped out from the Quest airlock to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries that arrived on a Japanese cargo spaceship last month.   This is the second spacewalk in a week and will see the astronauts...
    Alyse Stanley6 minutes ago•Filed to:space toiletsspace toiletsspaceMoonApolloapollo 11ArtemislunarSaveGraphic: NASA Has there ever been a more important duty? (heh... duty) When the Apollo astronauts went to the moon back in the ‘60s, they got there on a spacecraft with precisely zero bathrooms. For going number one, NASA provided them with a rubber tube the crew could put on like a condom that would whisk pee away either to a storage container or into space. For number two, the agency came up with a cutting-edge, high-tech solution: poop bags. For its next trip to the moon slated for 2024, NASA’s really trying to keep that from happening again. “It was messy,” said Mike Interbartolo, one of the folks working on NASA’s Human...
    VIDEO5:1805:18Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides on the company's latest test flightsSquawk on the Street Virgin Galactic is steadily moving closer to flying customers to the edge of space for the first time but the space tourism company is looking forward to the growing opportunity to fly NASA personnel as well.  "I'm really excited about this one because for a long time NASA has been thinking about using suborbital vehicles, the ones that we've got, to train their astronauts and other NASA employees like researchers to go into space," Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told CNBC's Morgan Brennan on "Squawk Alley." Shares of Virgin Galactic rose more than 2% in midday trading from its previous close of $15.25.Inside Virgin Galactic's hangar at...
    NASA is inviting 'innovative designers' to come up with an idea for a 'Lunar Loo' - a toilet that will work in the microgravity of space and on the surface of the Moon. Using the crowdsourcing platform​ ​HeroX​, NASA hopes to find a solution that will let astronauts get some relief when they return to Earth's natural satellite in 2024. They are calling on the 'global community of innovators' to provide design concepts for a fully capable, low mass toilet that will work both in space and on the Moon. Space toilets are already in use on the International Space Station but they only work in microgravity, not under the slightly higher gravitational pull of the Moon. The 'three most...
    In a major policy shift for NASA, the space agency is making it possible for its own personnel — including astronauts — to fly on commercial suborbital spacecraft. These rockets are designed to fly to the edge of space and back, giving passengers brief experiences of weightlessness. The agency is hoping to expand flight options for its astronauts and researchers, while investing in the commercial space industry. Today, NASA released a request for information on all the ways that NASA astronauts and employees could benefit from flying on these short trips to space. One possible advantage is enhancing astronaut training, by giving explorers extra experience on what it’s like to ascend to space in a rocket-powered vehicle and float in...
    NEW YORK – Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. signed an agreement with NASA to boost commercial passenger flights to the International Space Station and develop a “robust economy” in space. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company said it plans to transport passengers from the Johnson Space Center in Houston to the space station. Last month, SpaceX became the first private company to bring people into orbit, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel. The two Americans on board could spend up to four months on the space station before returning to Earth. Virgin has its own launch pad in the New Mexico desert, where parts of the new program will take...
    Virgin Galactic has signed a new deal with NASA that will see the Richard Branson owned firm prepare future commercial astronauts for flights to the ISS.  Under the agreement, Virgin Galactic will develop a new private orbital astronaut training program and look out for potential space tourist candidates. This is a new initiative for the sub-orbital space firm that is expected to start offering paying passengers trips to the very edge of space in the coming year. The Space Act Agreement, signed with NASA, will see the company use its expertise in preparing 'future astronauts' and apply it to a wider commercial space operation. Virgin Galactic will take on responsibility for finding companies and organisations interested in sending people up...
    While training and trip brokering doesn’t sound too thrilling, Virgin Galactic does have some unique expertise. It has a number of ex-NASA employees and is already developing an astronaut training program for future suborbital flights. The company’s VSS Unity spaceplane (above) would also be a great way to train private astronauts. Even though they don’t enter orbit, passengers experience the same things they would on an orbital spacecraft like zero gravity and high G loading. Virgin also has a Rolodex full of prospective clients that may have already inquired about suborbital flights. The service won’t just be for rich space tourists, but could be used by “researchers or even government researchers,” the company said. It’s also part of a push...
    The International Space Station is one of the most advanced laboratories ever made. It’s home to the coldest spot in the known universe, “organs on a chip,” a supercomputer, and quantum lasers. And later this year, it will also have the distinction of hosting the most advanced bathroom ever made. Known as the Universal Waste Management System, this high-tech porta potty was under development for six years and cost more than $23 million to build. It is scheduled to be delivered to the space station in a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo capsule in September. Unlike the two bespoke versions currently on the space station, NASA’s new space toilet is designed to work with a variety of future crewed spacecraft. In...
    (CNN) — Some dads are cool, but others are simply out of this world. For a couple of astronaut dads spending Father’s Day away from their families, the celebration is happening hundreds of miles away from Earth. This year it doesn’t include cards or gifts — but some insane views. “Super cool view of the Annular Solar Eclipse which passed by our starboard side as we flew over China this morning around 07:10 GMT,” NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy said on Facebook. “A pretty neat way to wake up on Father’s Day morning! Hoping all of the dads in the world have a wonderful day!” Lucky stargazers in the Eastern Hemisphere were able to see the annular solar eclipse on the...
    (CNN)Some dads are cool, but others are simply out of this world.For a couple of astronaut dads spending Father's Day away from their families, the celebration is happening hundreds of miles away from Earth. This year it doesn't include cards or gifts -- but some insane views."Super cool view of the Annular Solar Eclipse which passed by our starboard side as we flew over China this morning around 07:10 GMT," NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy said on Facebook. "A pretty neat way to wake up on Father's Day morning! Hoping all of the dads in the world have a wonderful day!"Lucky stargazers in the Eastern Hemisphere were able to see the annular solar eclipse on the heels of the summer solstice...
    NASA is preparing to send a unisex toilet to the International Space Station (ISS) that better accommodates female astronauts.  A recurring problem with microgravity toilets is they’d been designed predominantly with men in mind, due to the historically higher proportion of male astronauts.  The new toilet, called the 'universal waste management system' (UWMS), is designed to better accommodate the female anatomy.  It features a female-friendly funnel suction system for urine and small ridges on the seat help astronauts better position themselves. The toilet system has a lower mass and volume than previous systems, is simpler to use, provides increased crew comfort and performance, and treats urine so that it can be safety processed by the spacecraft recycling systems.  NASA revealed...
    The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was a “pure flying machine” compared to the space shuttle, according to the astronauts who rode it into space. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken piloted the first manned flight of the Falcon 9 on May 30. Each astronaut had previously been on on two space shuttle missions, and they spoke of their surprise at how comparatively smooth the SpaceX launch was. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft during launch May 30. (NASA/SpaceX) “From the time the engines lit, the first two-and-a-half minutes to staging was about like we expected, except you can never simulate the Gs, so as the Gs built you could certainly feel those,” Hurley told Spaceflight Now. “What I thought was really...
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Friday announced that Kathy Lueders will be NASA’s first female director of human spaceflight. Leuders recently managed the first NASA-contracted launch of astronauts from the US since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011. The SpaceX launch in Florida last month was attended by President Trump and successfully sent two astronauts into orbit. The currently obscure NASA post will grow in importance as the agency prepares to return humans to the moon in 2024 under the Trump administration’s ambitious space policy. NASA already announced plans for a woman to walk on the moon when humans make their first landing since 1972. Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Leuder’s promotion on Twitter. “Kathy Lueders has...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard. Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets - this is the future the space agency is striving to shape as it eases out of low-Earth orbit and aims for the moon and Mars. It doesn’t quite reach the fantasized heights of George Jetson and Iron Man, but still promises plenty of thrills. TOP STORIES Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Obama administration was corrupt, more and more evidence reveals...
    Following the historic events of the combined NASA/SpaceX launch over the weekend, a photographer has captured a remarkable image of the International Space Station carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley whizzing past the moon. The composite image, taken by Italian photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, came from a video he also took that shows the ISS at 17 different points as it sails across the moon, British news agency SWNS reports. Panizza, 45, said he took the picture at 10:28 Italian time Sunday night, just a few hours after Behnken and Hurley docked with the ISS. This amazing photo shows the sequence of the International Space Station gliding past the moon - carrying two NASA astronauts after they made...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts launched into orbit by SpaceX joined in the ringing of the opening bell for the Nasdaq on Tuesday to mark “a pivotal moment” for the space economy. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in the ceremony from the International Space Station, three days after their launch by Elon Musk’s company. SpaceX became the first private company to send astronauts into orbit, with its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, and ended a nine-year launch drought for NASA. The two astronauts floated alongside space station commander Chris Cassidy as he rang a ship’s bell to open trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Their image, along with live-streamed pictures of other...
    The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that boosted astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken into space provided a slightly rougher ride than expected during the later stages of the climb to orbit, but both said Monday they enjoyed their historic trip and marveled at a sooth-as-silk docking with the space station. And yes, the Crew Dragon brought a "new car smell" to the lab complex. "It absolutely did," said station commander Chris Cassidy, the lone American aboard the station until Hurley and Behnken arrived Sunday. "Then when we got that hatch open, you could tell it was a brand new vehicle, with smiley faces on the other side, smiley face on mine, just as if you had bought a new car,...
    (CNN)When NASA astronaut Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor arrived on the International Space Station for her six-month stay in June 2018, she was in awe of the vast array of science experiments on board. Before they launch, astronauts are only trained on about 20% of the science they see on the station. "I was stunned, in a good way, at the high quality of the science," she told CNN. During her time on the space station, Auñón-Chancellor worked on hundreds of experiments across a variety of sciences, including biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. As a practicing physician, as well as clinical associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Medicine's branch campus in Baton Rouge,...
    NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have described their historic ride to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour capsule. Speaking during a press conference on Monday morning, Behnken said that the first stage of their ascent was smoother than they had experienced on shuttle missions, but described the second stage as “a little rougher.” However, Behnken noted that both he and Hurley were expecting that. “We were both commenting on it as we were going uphill,” he explained. Hurley also described their capsule’s docking with the International Space Station. “We didn’t feel the docking – it’s so smooth, and we docked,” he said. “On shuttle, we felt the docking.” The two astronauts, both veterans of Space Shuttle...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making claims on space that are off course from reality. Over the weekend, he took full credit for the government’s role in the launch of SpaceX, the first-ever private spacecraft to attain orbit with astronauts on board. Trump also asserted that he saved the space program after President Barack Obama had ruined it and suggested that a Mars mission with astronauts was imminent. Those statements are exaggerations. TRUMP: “With this launch, the decades of lost years and little action are officially over. …Past leaders put the United States at the mercy of foreign nations to send our astronauts into orbit. Not anymore. Today we once again proudly launch American astronauts on American rockets.”...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Welcome aboard.After less than 24 hours of travel from Earth, NASA's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on Sunday successfully docked their SpaceX Dragon capsule with the International Space Station.The two men are 250 miles above Earth, for a stay of up to four months, after which they will come home with a Right Stuff-style splashdown at sea, something the world hasn't witnessed since the 1970s.The crew successfully opened the hatch connecting the Dragon to the International Space Station about two hours after docking on Sunday.The astronauts lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, becoming the first to leave U.S. soil for space in nine years.SpaceX becomes the first private company to launch people into orbit,...
    (CNN)In case you were wondering, the new SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour by the crew, has that new car smell. "When the hatch opened, you could tell it was a new vehicle," said NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, who welcomed the new residents to the International Space Station. "It was wonderful to see my friends and a brand-new vehicle." Cassidy has been on board the station since April. Cassidy, along with newly arrived NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, participated in a press conference on the International Space Station Monday. The event took place two days after the historic NASA-SpaceX launch that sent Behnken and Hurley to the station and one day after they docked and were welcomed aboard...
    NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have described their historic ride to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour capsule. Speaking during a press conference on Monday morning, Behnken said that the first stage of their ascent was smoother than they had experienced on shuttle missions, but described the second stage as “a little rougher.” However, Behnken noted that both he and Hurley were expecting that. NASA ASTRONAUTS BOARD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IN HISTORIC SPACEX MISSION “We were both commenting on it as we were going uphill,” he explained. In this image taken from NASA TV video, the SpaceX Dragon crew capsule, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken aboard docks with the International Space...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Welcome aboard.After less than 24 hours of travel from Earth, NASA's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on Sunday successfully docked their SpaceX Dragon capsule with the International Space Station.The two men are 250 miles above Earth, for a stay of up to four months, after which they will come home with a Right Stuff-style splashdown at sea, something the world hasn't witnessed since the 1970s.The crew successfully opened the hatch connecting the Dragon to the International Space Station about two hours after docking on Sunday.The astronauts lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, becoming the first to leave U.S. soil for space in nine years.SpaceX becomes the first private company to launch people into orbit,...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Welcome aboard.After less than 24 hours of travel from Earth, NASA's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on Sunday successfully docked their SpaceX Dragon capsule with the International Space Station.EMBED More News Videos NASA and SpaceX welcome astronauts Bob and Doug to the ISS The two men are 250 miles above Earth, for a stay of up to four months, after which they will come home with a Right Stuff-style splashdown at sea, something the world hasn't witnessed since the 1970s.The crew successfully opened the hatch connecting the Dragon to the International Space Station about two hours after docking on Sunday.The astronauts lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, becoming the first to leave U.S. soil...
    NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken boarded the International Space Station Sunday in the historic Demo-2 mission with SpaceX. The hatch was opened at 1:02 p.m. ET and the astronauts were welcomed aboard the orbiting space lab by fellow NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, commander of the Space Station’s Expedition 63. SPACEX MAKES HISTORY, LAUNCHES NASA ASTRONAUTS INTO SPACE FROM US SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2011 The SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft made its 'soft capture' docking with the International Space Station at 10:16 am ET after an almost 19-hour journey to the orbiting space lab. The space station was 262 statute miles above the border of northern China and Mongolia when the docking occurred. "Hard capture" docking was complete at 10:28 am ET...
    By MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above the China-Mongolia border. ”Congratulations on a phenomenal accomplishment and welcome to the International Space Station,” SpaceX Mission Control radioed from Hawthorne, California. It was the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried astronauts to the orbiting lab in its nearly...
    The two NASA astronauts who blasted into orbit on a SpaceX rocket successfully docked Sunday at the International Space Station — just 19 hours after taking off on the historic journey with Elon Musk’s company. Space veterans Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken gave a thumbs up after the brand-new Dragon capsule automatically docked, with no assistance needed, at 10:16 a.m., a few minutes earlier than planned, to the station. The mission marked the first in nearly a decade that astronauts have blasted off from US soil. It was also the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried astronauts to the orbiting lab in its nearly 20 years. The vehicle’s hatch is expected to open around 12:45 p.m., more...
    New York (CNN Business)Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have officially arrived at the International Space Station.After a historic launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, the astronauts aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft synched up with the space station Sunday morning.NASA, SpaceX launch astronauts from US soil for the first time in a decadeThe spacecraft made a careful approach, easing its way toward its destination over the course of 19 hours. At 10:16 am ET on Sunday, the vehicle made a "soft capture" — meaning Crew Dragon made its first physical contact with its docking port at the International Space Station. Crew Dragon will now make a "hard capture," which involves using 12 latches to create an air-locked...
    A spokesperson for Russia's space agency took a dig at the U.S. after the successful launch of two U.S. astronauts aboard a SpaceX craft bound for the International Space Station (ISS)--while also describing President Donald Trump's praise of the successful mission as "hysteria." "The hysteria raised after the successful launch of the [SpaceX] Crew Dragon spacecraft is hard to understand," Vladimir Ustimenko, a spokesperson for Roscosmos, wrote on Twitter, referring to Trump's statement. "What has happened should have happened long ago. Now it's not only the Russians flying to the ISS, but also the Americans. Well that's wonderful!" he added. NASA had relied on Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, to transport American astronauts to the ISS since the U.S. space agency's...
    The historic SpaceX capsule has docked at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, was scheduled to dock into the orbiting platform at around 10:30 a.m. ET. But the capsule reached the station around 15 minutes ahead of schedule, with SpaceX confirming in a livestream that the capsule docked at 10:16 a.m. ET. The docking was fully automated, but the astronauts had slipped back into their pressurized launch suits and shutting their helmet visors for the docking in case of a problem. Docking confirmed â Crew Dragon has arrived at the @space_station! pic.twitter.com/KiKBpZ8R2H— SpaceX...
    SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft crewed by NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken has docked with the International Space Station on its historic Demo-2 mission. The spacecraft launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center Saturday. The mission is the first time that astronauts have launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011. The mission is also the first time a private company, rather than a national government, has sent astronauts into orbit. SPACEX MAKES HISTORY, LAUNCHES NASA ASTRONAUTS INTO SPACE FROM US SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2011 The spacecraft made its 'soft capture' docking with the International Space Station at 10:16 am EDT after a 19-hour journey to the orbiting space lab. The hatch...
    By MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed. It was the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried astronauts to the orbiting lab in its nearly 20 years. NASA considers this the opening volley in a business revolution encircling Earth and eventually stretching to the moon and Mars. The docking occurred just 19 hours after a...
    (CNN)Here's a look at human spaceflight programs in the United States and around the world.FactsThe United States ended its human spaceflight program with the launch of Atlantis on July 8, 2011, and landing on July 21, 2011.China and Russia are the only other countries to have independent spaceflight capabilities.India and Iran have both announced their plans to send a manned spacecraft into space. Read MoreTimelineOctober 4, 1957 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, which starts the "space race" between the Soviets and the United States.October 1, 1958 - The official start of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).May 25, 1961 - President John F. Kennedy addresses Congress: "First, I believe that this nation should...
    The NASA astronauts blasted into orbit on a pioneering SpaceX rocket are expected to reach the International Space Station on Sunday, after less than 19 hours of travel, according to a report. Veteran astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were launched into space on a brand-new Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. “We’re looking forward to rendezvousing with the space station today,” Hurley radioed the operations team on Sunday, according to Space.com. Hurley and Behnken were given a musical wake-up call around 4:45 a.m. Sunday with Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan,” the outlet reported. The Dragon should be able to dock autonomously when it arrives around 10:30 a.m., though...
    Watch continuing live coverage in the video player above. Ushering in a new era in the American space program, two veteran astronauts blasted off Saturday aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon en route to the International Space Station. Sunday morning they were on track to link up with the space station, possibly ahead of schedule. The flawless liftoff was the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly nine years, since the final flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2011. This is also the first manned flight for the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the first time a commercial spacecraft has carried NASA astronauts into orbit. Trending News How to watch the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch SpaceX launches two NASA...
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    By MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade. NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode skyward aboard a white-and-black, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off at 3:22 p.m. from the same launch pad used to send Apollo crews to the moon a half-century ago. Minutes later, they slipped safely into orbit. “Let’s light this candle,” Hurley said just before ignition, borrowing the...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump offered congratulatory remarks after the launch of the NASA/SpaceX rocket on Saturday afternoon, calling it a "beautiful sight." "It's incredible, the technology, the power. I'm so proud of the people at NASA, all the people that worked together, public and private. When you see a sight like that it's incredible," Trump said. The rocket launch, which took place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marked the first American astronauts from American soil on an American made rocket in nearly a decade. In attendance at the event was Trump, who was not wearing a face mask, alongside Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, who also were without face masks. Noticeably absent was first lady...
    Space travel can be deadly, but entrepreneur Elon Musk and NASA have done everything they can to protect the two veteran astronauts who blasted off Saturday on the first manned commercial mission. First, the bad news: There’s a 1-in-276 chance that the mission could be fatal, according to NASA and SpaceX, Musk’s aerospace manufacturing company that built the rocket. Now, the good news: There’s a 1-in-60 chance that the mission could fail, but astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behrken still survive, Business Insider reported. How can the odds of walking away alive be that good? It’s all because of the emergency abort system in the Crew Dragon capsule is designed to break away from the Falcon 9 rocket if things...
    By MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade. NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode skyward aboard a white-and-black, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off at 3:22 p.m. from the same launch pad used to send Apollo crews to the moon a half-century ago. Minutes later, they slipped safely into orbit. “Let’s light this candle,” Hurley said just before ignition, borrowing the...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken join NASA’s exclusive inner circle by catching a ride on a SpaceX rocket and capsule. It’s only the fifth time that NASA has put people aboard a brand new spacecraft line for liftoff. And it’s the first time the spacecraft belongs to a for-profit company in charge of the launch. Their destination is the International Space Station, where they’ll spend one to four months before guiding their capsule to a splashdown in the Atlantic. TOP STORIES Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyds death: Autopsy Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Meet...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A rocket ship built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era of commercial space travel and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.NASA's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode skyward aboard a sleek, white-and-black, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off at 3:22 p.m. from the same launch pad used to send the Apollo astronauts to the moon a half-century ago. Minutes later, they safely entered orbit."Let's light this candle," Hurley said just before ignition, borrowing the words used by Alan Shepard on America's first human...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A rocket ship built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era of commercial space travel and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.NASA's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode skyward aboard a sleek, white-and-black, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off at 3:22 p.m. from the same launch pad used to send the Apollo astronauts to the moon a half-century ago. Minutes later, they safely entered orbit."Let's light this candle," Hurley said just before ignition, borrowing the words used by Alan Shepard on America's first human...
    Kennedy Space Center (CNN Business)A SpaceX rocket and spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts soared into outer space Saturday — marking the first time humans have traveled into Earth's orbit from US soil in nearly a decade.Liftoff occurred just after 3:20 pm ET from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Astronauts Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, will spend about 19 hours aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule as it slowly maneuvers its way toward the International Space Station.SpaceX and NASA gear up, again, for historic launchThe spacecraft is expected to dock with the space station around at 10:29 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 31.The United States hasn't launched its own astronauts into space since the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011. Since...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts reaches orbit on its way to the International Space Station. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company has lifted off with two Americans on a history-making flight to the International Space Station.The spacecraft took off Saturday afternoon from the same launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, that was used during the Apollo missions to the moon a half-century ago.The flight ushers in a new era in commercial space travel and marks the first time NASA has launched astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade."Let's light this candle," commander Doug Hurley said just before liftoff.Ever since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian rockets launched from Kazakhstan to take U.S. astronauts took and from the space station.THIS...
    A SpaceX rocket blasted off this afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, carrying a Dragon capsule with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. It's the first time astronauts have launched from the United States in nine years and a first for a private company.Here's everything to know about watching the historic event.NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are in SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. It lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 30, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida.NASA's live coverage of the launch is on NASA TV.Other things to know about Saturday's launchHurley, 53, a retired Marine, and Behnken, 49, an Air Force colonel, will spend one...
    In a historic first for the U.S. space program, a spacecraft designed, built, owned and operated by a private company — SpaceX — blasted off Saturday with two NASA astronauts aboard — the first purely private sector launch to orbit in space history. It was also the first launch of a crew from U.S. soil since the space shuttle program ended nearly nine years ago. Cheered on by a nation in the grip of a devastating pandemic, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the company's first piloted Crew Dragon ferry ship, vaulted away from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT to kick off a long-awaited test flight to the International Space Station. Liftoff came three...
    SpaceX has launched NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on their historic Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. The mission is the first time that astronauts have launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011. Hurley and Behnken blasted off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A, which was also used for the Apollo and space shuttle programs, at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday. An attempt on Wednesday was scrubbed due to weather conditions. The launch is the first time a private company, rather than a national government, has sent astronauts into orbit. 50 YEARS AFTER APOLLO 11, NEIL ARMSTRONG'S SONS DESCRIBE THE DAY THEIR DAD WALKED ON THE MOON There were concerns that bad weather...
    It is another cliffhanger at Cape Canaveral Saturday as two veteran NASA astronauts sit strapped into their state-of-the-art SpaceX capsule for the historic Demo-2 Mission launch this afternoon. But once again, rainy Florida weather is hanging over the Kennedy Space Center, threatening to derail the mission. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, best friends since 2000 and both married to astronauts, rolled up to launch pad 39A in the early afternoon. They’re ready for a mission to the International Space Station with Elon Musk’s space venture that will be the first time a private company has sent humans into orbit. But before they got in the Teslas taking them to launch pad, Behnken said goodbye to his 6-year-old son Theodore. Behnken...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- ABC News and National Geographic are joining forces for a one-hour television event covering the historic launch. Watch the live stream in the media player above or on TV starting at 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/ 12 p.m. PT.Two NASA astronauts climbed into their capsule Saturday for a second attempt at a history-making ride into orbit aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.Stormy weather had threatened another postponement most of the day, but the outlook improved markedly in the afternoon, just ahead of the scheduled 3:22 p.m. liftoff of the 260-foot Falcon 9 in what would be the first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private company.Their destination: the...
    Watch live coverage of the launch Saturday at 3:22 p.m. EDT, in the video player above and on CBSN on your mobile or streaming device. A spacecraft owned and operated by a private company — SpaceX — is primed for liftoff Saturday in what will be the first piloted launch to orbit from American soil since the shuttle stopped flying nearly nine years ago. A Falcon 9 rocket, carrying SpaceX's first piloted Crew Dragon ferry ship, was scheduled to launch from historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT to kick off a long-awaited test flight to the International Space Station. Trending News How to watch the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch SpaceX astronauts ready to try again, weather permitting...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- ABC News and National Geographic are joining forces for a one-hour television event covering the historic launch. Watch the live stream in the media player above or on TV starting at 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/ 12 p.m. PT.Despite more storms in the forecast, two NASA astronauts climbed into their capsule Saturday for a second attempt at a history-making ride into orbit aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.With the flight already delayed three days by bad weather, forecasters put the odds of acceptable conditions at 50-50 for the 3:22 p.m. liftoff of the 270-foot Falcon 9 in what would be the first launch of astronauts into orbit by a...
    Ushering in a new era in the American space program, two veteran astronauts readied for liftoff Saturday aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon en route to the International Space Station. This will be the second launch attempt, after bad weather forced flight controllers to scrub the launch on Wednesday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. This mission will be the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly nine years, since the final flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2011. It will also be the first manned flight for the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the first time a commercial spacecraft has carried NASA astronauts into orbit. How to watch the SpaceX Crew Dragon launchWhat: Launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying two NASA...
    NASA and SpaceX will try again to launch a manned flight of a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A launch attempt earlier this week was scrubbed due to bad weather. This will be the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil almost nine years — since the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched in 2011. It will also be the first time a commercial spacecraft has carried NASA astronauts into orbit. Watch a live stream of the event here. Liftoff is expected at 3:22 p.m. EST. CBS News contributed to this report.
    Watch live coverage of the launch Saturday at 3:22 p.m. EDT, on CBSN in the video player above and on your mobile or streaming device. A spacecraft owned and operated by a private company — SpaceX — is primed for liftoff Saturday in what will be the first piloted launch to orbit from American soil since the shuttle stopped flying nearly nine years ago. A Falcon 9 rocket, carrying SpaceX's first piloted Crew Dragon ferry ship, was scheduled to launch from historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT to kick off a long-awaited test flight to the International Space Station.How to watch the SpaceX launch SaturdayRunning three days late because of stormy weather last Wednesday, astronauts Douglas...
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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX pressed ahead with its second attempt to launch astronauts for NASA - a historic first for a private company - but more stormy weather threatened more delays.Elon Musk's company came within 17 minutes Wednesday of launching a pair of NASA astronauts for the first time in nearly a decade from the U.S., before the threat of lightning forced a delay.With more storms ahead, managers debated Friday whether to bump the next launch attempt from Saturday to Sunday to take advantage of slightly improved forecast at Kennedy Space Center.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that no decision was made, and they would reassess the situation Saturday morning.At an earlier outdoor news conference, Bridenstine stressed the need for...
    A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to blast off this afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, carrying a Dragon capsule with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. It will be the first time astronauts launch from Florida in nine years and a first for a private company.Here's everything to know about watching the historic event.When is the NASA/SpaceX launch on Saturday, May 30?Weather permitting, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 30, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida.If SpaceX doesn't launch Saturday, its next attempt would be Sunday.Where to watch the NASA/Space X Dragon launchSaturday's...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Despite more storms in the forecast, SpaceX pressed ahead Saturday in its historic attempt to launch astronauts for NASA, a first by a private company. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable conditions at 50-50 for the 3:22 p.m. liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket — the first launch from the U.S. with NASA astronauts in nearly a decade. SpaceX and NASA managers monitored the weather not just at Kennedy Space Center, but all the way up the Eastern Seaboard and across the North Atlantic to Ireland. Waves and wind needed to be within limits in case the SpaceX Dragon crew capsule, carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, needed to make an emergency splashdown...
    SpaceX and NASA are making preparations for their second attempt at a historic launch that will see astronauts travel to space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A, at 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday. The launch pad was also used for the Apollo and space shuttle missions. The first attempt to launch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon spacecraft was scrubbed just 16 minutes and 54 seconds before launch on Wednesday as a result of unfavorable weather in the flight path. SPACEX AND NASA’S HISTORIC LAUNCH SCRUBBED AS A RESULT OF WEATHER The weather violations included natural lightning and...