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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

How many astronauts are on the International Space Station?

Four more spaceflyers arrived at the ISS this morning (April 24) via SpaceX's Crew-2 mission, bringing the total number of astronauts aboard the station to 11. That's a lot, considering the orbiting lab usually hosts six people at a time (though there have been as many as 13 crewmembers aboard at once). Space.comWith 11 people on space station, astronauts get crafty with sleeping spots

When does Dragon dock with ISS?

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour docks with the International Space Station on April 24, 2021. CNBCTwo SpaceX crew spacecraft are now docked to the space station, as the Crew-2 mission arrives

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

A Falcon 9 rocket catapulted the astronauts into space aboard a Crew Dragon capsule early Friday morning and the space junk encounter, known as a conjunction, took place around 1:43 p.m. EDT.

“For awareness, we have identified a late breaking possible conjunction with a fairly close miss distance to Dragon,” SpaceX’s Sarah Gilles told the crew. “As such, we do need you to immediately proceed with suit donning and securing yourselves in seats.”

Gilles told the astronauts to prepare as a safety precaution in case of an impact. 

“Copy Sarah, you want us in the suit for a possible close call,” astronaut Thomas Pesquet said.

Gilles later radioed an update to the astronauts, saying the debris appeared to be passing Crew Dragon at a farther distance than initially expected. An all-clear was given a short time later.

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Rain and storms likely at times. Some strong to severe. Breezy.

With the weather looking so pleasant early this week, you have a few great opportunities to watch as the International Space Station flies over our heads! Over the weekend the space station got a little more crowded when four new astronauts came aboard.

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With the weather looking so pleasant early this week, you have a few great opportunities to watch as the International Space Station flies over our heads! Over the weekend the space station got a little more crowded when four new astronauts came aboard. For the next several days, there will be 11 astronauts living on the ISS as one new mission starts and another ends.

If you're hoping to see the ISS, Monday morning will be a great opportunity! AT 5:58 AM the space station will be visible over our are for six minutes. It will appear in the western sky (specifically look toward the west-southwest) and cross over our heads before disappearing in the northeastern sky. At it's highest, it will climb 75º above the horizon. Remember the ground would be 0º and straight above your head is 90º, so 75º should be plenty high enough to see over trees and buildings. 

The weather is part of what will make this such a great chance to see the ISS. There will only be a few clouds in the sky, so you shouldn't have anything blocking your view. Temperatures will be in the lower 40s, so grab a jacket if you head outside to see it. Look for a bright, fast moving light - it kind of looks like a fast moving star. 

While Monday morning is a great chance to see the ISS, it's not your only chance this week. The weather will still be cooperating Tuesday morning, but that flyover is even earlier. Tuesday morning at 5:12, the space station will be visible for four minutes. It will also fly through our sky (high enough to be seen above trees) Thursday and Friday, but the weather does not look as good those mornings. 

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Factor technology into space policies

Times Union 25 April, 2021 - 09:00am

Pesquet is representing the European Space Agency aboard a Space X flight that marks the first time NASA has sent a crew into space with a recycled rocket and capsule. We witnessed this past week video of first drone flight on Mars. Innovation in space has started moving fast. I agree, there is something sexy about that.

Not so sexy would be an escalated cold war.

With SpaceX and NASA frequently making front page news, the moon is starting to feel closer than ever before. The space race has evolved to become an investment in the future. The promise of more data control is so valuable that it cannot be ignored by any space-faring superpower.

An executive order last year by then-President Donald Trump on space resource acquisition only affirmed what was already assumed to be true — government or private enterprise can harvest, buy and sell space resources such as moon rocks.

China and Russia have agreed to begin construction of a shared moon base in 2025. Both countries have publicly outlawed the use of SpaceX’s satellite internet service. China has even hinted at the use of its anti-satellite weapons systems to destroy unwanted American satellites flying above its mainland.

Now, should we say the same back to them?

Space policy needs to account for the rapid progression of technology.

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SpaceX launches crew of four to the International Space Station

Axios 23 April, 2021 - 05:03am

Four astronauts took flight to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon early Friday morning.

The big picture: This marks the third time SpaceX has launched people to space for NASA, helping the space agency end its reliance on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft and rocket for trips to the space station.

The state of play: NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and the European Space Agency's Thomas Pesquet lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:49 a.m. ET Friday.

What's next: Once the astronauts arrive on the space station, they will join seven other astronauts and cosmonauts already onboard.

The Falcon 9 rocket stands on its pad ahead of launch. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX is slated to send four new crewmembers to the International Space Station on Friday.

Why it matters: This will mark the third crewed flight for the company, which has big plans to one day launch people to the Moon and eventually to Mars.

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