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Posted in The may 25, 2020 |
by Harry Stolz

The may 25, 2020 by Harry Stolz

Image courtesy of SpaceX

Although it may seem as if the whole world has come to a dead end, NASA is remarkably continuing with the preparation for one of the most important missions in recent memory, released on the 27th of May, coinciding with the week of Memorial Day.

Ride aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket, the two veteran astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will attempt to dock with the International Space Station in orbit. This mission is notable because since the last space shuttle flight in 2011, there has not been a single crew mission launched from the floor of the united states.

For more than nine years since, American astronauts have relied on the Russian Soyuz family of rockets for access to the International Space Station. And these seats are certainly not cheap. Based on data from the Office of the Inspector General NASA will pay approximately $86 million per astronaut. In contrast, the access to the SpaceX launch vehicle, the Crew of the Dragon, it will cost approximately $55 million per astronaut.

The astronauts aboard the DM-2 (short for Demonstration 2), Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, are, without doubt, is no stranger to space flight. The pair have met on two shuttle missions.

Behnken is the overall manager of operations of the mission, and he has flown shuttle missions STS-123 and STS-130. A Caltech graduate, as well as the University of Washington in St. Louis, Behnken has a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in physics and mechanical engineering.

Hurley is the commander of the space ship DM-2, and was both the pilot and the lead operator of robotics on the shuttle missions STS‐127 and STS‐135.

Image courtesy of SpaceX

DM-2 is the launch of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 27 May, given the ideal weather conditions. It should be noted that the climate of the NASA guidelines for this mission are some of the most strict in the last few years, so that the delays would not be unexpected.

The first stage is also a new model, and has never been used in a previous mission. The Falcon 9 rocket will lift off at T-0 (4:33 pm), and phase separation will occur at T+2:36. At this point, the second stage (with the astronauts) will continue its journey to the orbit, while the first stage will attempt to land a SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, near Cape Canaveral, Florida. Finally, approximately 12 minutes after takeoff, the Crew of the Dragon spacecraft will separate from the second stage, which will ultimately be deorbited, and continue towards the docking with the International Space Station after approximately 19 hours in orbit.

Despite the fact that it seems not to be the case at first glance, the missions, such as these, are in reality very important for climate science in the research. NASA facilitates the vast majority of climate studies, so that any improvement in the ease of access to the ISS directly affects this. The additional savings provided by this association could also be reinvested into more research on the climate in the future.

Tags: The astronauts, climate science, the International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Space, SpaceX, launch of spaceX

About the Author

Harry Stolz Harry Stolz is an aspiring organic chemist, and a volunteer student researcher at the California Institute of Technology. He is fascinated by cutting-edge technology and a cleaner future. Harry is the principal Space Correspondent for CleanTechnica, and we also write about clean energy, self-driving cars, and battery technology. You can find Harry on Twitter @harrystoltz1.

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