Astronauts including France's Thomas Pesquet blast off for ISS aboard SpaceX capsule


FRANCE 24 English 22 April, 2021 - 11:59pm 25 views

Where did spacex launch?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The SpaceX rocket launched from Cape Canaveral at 5:49 a.m. carrying astronauts four astronauts -- two American, one Japanese and one European — who make up the Crew-2 mission, inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour. WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlandoWhat were those white flashes in the sky after SpaceX's Crew-2 launch? We explain

What time is spacex launch today?

SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, marking the Elon Musk-led company's second regular flight there with humans aboard. The launch took place 5:49 a.m. Eastern time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Los Angeles TimesSpaceX launches astronauts to space station

Who are the four astronauts launching today?

The launch kicked off SpaceX's Crew-2 mission, which will carry four astronauts — NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japanese spaceflyer Akihiko Hoshide — on a 24-hour flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Space.comSpaceX launches 4 astronauts to space station, nails rocket landing

Who are the astronauts on spacex?

The crew is composed of NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. ABC NewsSpaceX launches 4 astronauts to ISS on recycled rocket and capsule

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SpaceX's Spacecraft Just Had a Near Miss With an Unidentified Object

Futurism 23 April, 2021 - 10:00pm

The launch went by without a hitch — but the crew of four did experience a scare while en route to the International Space Station when they were notified of a potential collision with an unidentified object.

“The NASA/SpaceX team was informed of the possible conjunction by US Space Command,” NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries told Futurism. “The object being tracked is classified as ‘unknown.'”

There was no time, Humphries said, to perform an avoidance maneuver to get out of the way of the object. Instead, SpaceX advised that the astronauts put on their pressurized suits in case of a collision.

“The possibility of the conjunction came so close to the closest approach time that there wasn’t time to compute and execute a debris avoidance maneuver with confidence, so the SpaceX team elected to have the crew don their pressure suits out of an abundance of caution,” Humphries said.

US Space Command spokesperson Erin Dick told Futurism that the Pentagon notified NASA of the potential collision at about 1:30pm EST today, about seven hours after the spacecraft launched.

Numerous questions remain. How big was the piece of space debris? And what was it?

In hindsight, Humphries said, the object’s closest approach was 45 kilometers from the spacecraft — not far in the grand scale of space, but close enough for concern.

Humphries added that “there was no real danger to the crew or the spacecraft.”

Endeavour is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station tomorrow morning.

More on the launch: SpaceX Sends Four Astronauts Into Space On Reused Spacecraft


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