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Today’s Deep Space Extra

8 Apr 2021, 14:24 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Soyuz MS-18 set to launch to the International Space Station early Friday with two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut. The OSIRIS-REx mission spacecraft completes final tour of Bennu.

Human Space ExplorationLaunch and docking of Soyuz MS-18 TO ISS, Apr 9, 2021, Kazakhstan/ Earth orbit, 3:42 am ET/7:07 am ETSpacePolicyOnline.com (4/4): NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will join cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novisky early Friday on Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 as they lift off for the International Space Station (ISS) for the six-month-long Expedition 65. Their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is scheduled for 3:42 a.m. EDT, with docking to the ISS planned for 7:07 a.m. EDT. NASA plans to televise and stream (www.nasa.gov/nasalive) the launch activities starting at 2:45 a.m. EDT.

Space ScienceNASA asteroid-sampling spacecraft looks at ‘the mess it made’ on BennuCNET (4/7): On May 10, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will start traveling toward the Earth with samples from asteroid Bennu collected in October 2020. Early Wednesday, the spacecraft took a final look at Bennu and is now slowly drifting away from the asteroid. Scientists were particularly interested in how OSIRIS-REx’s brief landing in October may have disturbed ...

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