MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
There was a slight delay as the ground team had to purge an area due to MMH and N2O4 being expelled from the onboard thrusters. But at 4PM EDT the Astronauts exited Crew Dragon. They are both A-OK and are headed to the onboard medical facility where the medical team will clear them for their helicopter ride to shore where they will board a NASA aircraft for a short ride back home to Houston.
Splashdown OCCURED in the Gulf of Mexico ON TIME!
Splashdown occurred at 2:48 p.m. EDT on Sunday. This marks the first return of a commercially built and operated American spacecraft carrying astronauts from the space station and it wrapped NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission after more than two months at the International Space Station.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying Hurley and Behnken lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30 and arrived at the space station the following day. The Demo-2 test flight is helping NASA certify SpaceX’s crew transportation system for regular flights carrying astronauts to and from the orbiting laboratory. SpaceX is readying the hardware for the first rotational mission, which would occur following NASA certification.
A SPACEX LAUNCH IS SCHEDULED FOR
August 18, 10:30AM from SLC-40 @ KSC
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch another batch of approximately 58 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 10. Two Earth imaging satellites will also be onboard as rideshare payloads on this mission.
See all SpaceX launches live at: https://www.spacex.com/launches/
UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE (ULA) HAS A DELTA 4+ HEAVY SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH ON AUGUST 26 (Time is TBD)
It will be carrying a classified spy satellite for the National Recon Office. More information will be provided as it becomes known.
NASA's mission to the Red Planet
Perseverance’s astrobiology mission will search for signs of past microbial life on Mars and characterize the planet's climate and geology. It will also collect rock and soil samples for future return to Earth and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.
"Fifty-one years ago..., NASA was deep into final preparations for the first Moon landing," said Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "Today we stand at the threshold of another monumental moment in exploration: sample collection at Mars. As we celebrate the heroes of Apollo 11 today, future generations may well recognize the women and men of Perseverance — not only for what they will achieve 100 million miles from home, but for what they were able to accomplish on this world on the road to launch."
Perseverance is scheduled to land at Mars' Jezero Crater, Feb. 18, 2021