In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrive at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to prepare for the launch of the NASA Commercial Crew Program/SpaceX Demo-2 test fight to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA renames the Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) for former chief astronomer Nancy Grace Roman.
Human Space Exploration
Dragon crew arrives at Florida spaceport kick off final week of launch prepsSpaceflightnow.com (5/20): NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley transitioned from NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday to prepare for their scheduled May 27 launch to the ISS on the NASA Commercial Crew Program/SpaceX Demo-2 test flight of the Crew Dragon. It will be the first launch of astronauts from the U.S. since the final NASA shuttle mission in July 2011. “This is an awesome time to be an astronaut with a new spacecraft to get a chance to go and fly,” Behnken told news media assembled for their arrival at KSC.
Before SpaceX can ‘capture the flag,’ an astronaut had to find itCollectspace.com (5/20): The crew of STS-135, NASA’s final space shuttle flight left a ...