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Today’s Deep Space Extra

1 Jun 2020, 15:16 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Saturday’s successful launch of the NASA Commercial Crew Program/SpaceX Demo-2 mission delivered NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station on Sunday.
Human Space ExplorationA historic docking, 250 miles above EarthThe Atlantic (5/31): The Demo-2 SpaceX Crew Dragon with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken evaluated the manual flight controls of their spacecraft ahead of Sunday’s linkup to the International Space Station (ISS), where they were greeted by station commander, Chris Cassidy, of NASA, and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. Before they linked up, Hurley and Behnken tested the Crew Dragon’s manual controls. The actual 10:16 a.m., EDT, docking, however, was automated, something much different from the space shuttle era that came to a close nine years ago.
Dragon crew names their spacecraft Endeavour; complete first manual flight testSpaceflightnow.com (5/30): Shortly after their successful liftoff on Saturday Demo-2 NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken named their SpaceX Dragon Capsule “Endeavour,” one intended to reflect a pioneering effort by NASA to work with the U.S. private sector to introduce commercial human space transportation. Also, both fliers had launched previously on space shuttle Endeavour before the shuttle fleet was ...

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