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Today’s Deep Space Extra

30 Jul 2020, 14:41 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 launched this morning on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket for a seven month journey to the Red Planet. NASA and SpaceX also continued preparations for the weekend return to Earth of Demo-2. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, with a focus on tropical weather development near the splashdown sites off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
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Possible tropical storm does not deter preps for Demo-2 landingSpacepolicyonline.com (7/29): NASA and SpaceX joined for a Demo-2 Return Flight Readiness Review on Wednesday, emerging prepared to proceed with an undocking of the Demo-2 Crew Dragon capsule with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on Saturday at 7:34 p.m., EDT and a splashdown Sunday at 2:42 p.m., in the waters off the Florida peninsula. However, the mission team will monitor closely tropical storm development in the Caribbean that could prompt a delay. Behnken and Hurley lifted off and docked with the Space Station on May 30/31 for an extended stay. They were the first to launch to Earth orbit from the U.S. since the final shuttle mission in July 2011. With a successful splashdown, SpaceX could be ...

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