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Today’s Deep Space Extra

2 Apr 2021, 19:23 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A busy month of crew rotations starts at the International Space Station. The Ingenuity Mars helicopter’s first flight moved to April 11. A shuttle astronaut argues both government and commercial elements are necessary for the future of space exploration.

Human Space ExplorationBusy month of crew rotations on tap at International Space StationSpaceflightnow.com (4/1): Seven astronauts and cosmonauts are preparing for launches April 9 and April 22 to the International Space Station (ISS), replacing seven outgoing crew members set to land back on Earth on April 17 and April 28. Arrangements for their arrival are getting underway on the ISS. First is the relocation of a SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship to a new docking port on Monday to clear the way for the next Crew Dragon mission. Next up is the launch of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei on April 9. Finally, SpaceX and NASA are targeting April 22 for the second operational Crew Dragon mission to the ISS.
With 1st space station launch this spring, Chinese astronauts are training for flightSpace.com (4/1): In China, astronauts are training to carry out the ...

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