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New NASA Mission To Study Space Weather From International Space Station NASA Announces Atmospheric Waves Experiment
Andrew Wong | 04 March, 2019, 04:09

The program involves NASA working with two partners, SpaceX and Boeing, to build revolutionary spacecraft to bring astronauts to the space station and low orbits around Earth.

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, ready for launch, sits on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

The only passenger is a life-size test dummy, named Ripley from the Alien movies. In this mission, SpaceX will be putting a crash-test dummy on board, in the driver's seat, to continuously monitor the surroundings and see if these rockets are fit to transport humans one day.

The next tricky step for the capsule will be docking at the ISS on Sunday at around 1100 GMT, with a return to Earth scheduled for next Friday.

Looking on were the two Nasa astronauts who will strap in as early as July for the second space demo, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.

Boeing is also in the race to end NASA's eight-year drought of launching USA astronauts on US rockets from USA soil.

How will astronauts board the SpaceX Crew Dragon? It will not be tested until April, in a mission similar to SpaceX's.

The unmanned SpaceX Crew Dragon demonstration mission will test the spacecraft's capabilities and systems for crew transport to the ISS, a first for NASA and the worldwide space station.

As it's the inaugural launch, NASA officials said they don't expect everything to go off without a hitch. The Commercial Crew Program is a very big deal for NASA.

California weather: SEVERE winter weather sparks STATE OF EMERGENCY declaration
Aerial photos show Guerneville, California, completely cut off by floodwaters as the Russian River crested on Wednesday. Officials said they are in the planning stages to allow people to re-enter as early as Friday, Dugan said.

No compulsion or pressure to release Abhinandan, did it for peace: Qureshi
Two Pakistani army soldiers were killed in Nakiyal sector in one cross border exchange of fire, the Pakistan military said. When he crossed over to India Friday night, Abhinandan's right eye above his handlebar moustache appeared swollen.

USA urges India, Pakistan to 'exercise restraint'
The injured pilot was being treated at a military hospital, Ghafoor told a news conference in the garrison town of Rawalpindi. Pakistan said it had "taken strikes at [a] non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage".

Hans Koenigsmann, vice-president of SpaceX's build and flight reliability, said the company is happy to be playing a role in getting humans into space.

SpaceX is hours away from a demo test flight of its new Dragon capsule designed for astronauts. It will then head back to Earth on March 8 where it will splash down in the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred kilometres off the Florida coast.

"I really believe in the future of space and I think it's important that we be. out there among the stars".

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

This flight is a milestone for NASA and for SpaceX. SpaceX plans to recycle the newly flying capsule for a high-altitude abort test this spring, along with a booster launched and retrieved a week ago.

The commercial spaceflight company has worked closely with NASA engineers to design a capsule that meets the agency's rigorous safety standards.

Whichever company delivers astronauts first wins a small US flag left at the station by the last shuttle crew in 2011.

The historic SpaceX launch will broadcast today via SpaceX's YouTube channel and NASA's online and terrestrial broadcasting.

Musk anticipates eventually selling Dragon rides to private citizens, much as the Russians have done, first to the space station and then perhaps beyond.

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