‘Possible close call:’ Astronauts aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon told to prepare for impact with space junk

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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

By Kenneth Garger

April 25, 2021 | 8:27pm | Updated April 25, 2021 | 10:02pm

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft had a close call with an unidentified object before successfully reaching the International Space Station, a report said.

US Space Command warned the crew aboard the spacecraft of a possible collision with an unknown object after launching into orbit on Friday, Futurism reported.

“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,” NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries told Futurism.

At its closest point, the object passed about 28 miles away from the spacecraft, the report said.

Ultimately, “there was no real danger to the crew or the spacecraft,” Humphries told the outlet.

Crew Dragon Endeavour made it to the International Space Station on Saturday.

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Bill Nelson is a born-again supporter of commercial space at NASA | TheHill

The Hill 26 April, 2021 - 12:00pm

The one thing that raised a lot of eyebrows was Nelson’s enthusiastic support for commercial space at NASA. He expressed approval of the commercial crew program that is sending astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). He claimed in his opening statement to have always supported commercial space. He even supported the recent selection of SpaceX’s Lunar Starship as the first crewed moon lander in 50 years.

Contrary to his opening statement, Nelson was not always as enthusiastic about commercial space flight. In 2010, according to Space News, the then-senator proposed zeroing out the commercial crew program and applying the money to the heavy lift rocket that would shortly be called the Space Launch System (SLS).

Part of what must have changed Nelson’s mind is the fact that SpaceX is now providing assured American access to space. Not coincidentally, SpaceX is launching the Crew Dragon from the Kennedy Space Center in Nelson’s own state of Florida, providing lots of jobs and money. Nothing changes minds as thoroughly as success.

Nelson also said that he supported diversity at NASA, noting that the deputy administrator nominee, former astronaut Pam Melroy, is female. He might have also noted that the next American moonwalker is likely to be a woman, drawn from the ranks of the Artemis Team. The statement might have been in response to a complaint by former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver that the selection of Nelson, an old white man, as administrator proved that the space agency had not broken with its “patriarchal and parochial past.”

Under questioning, Nelson also expressed support for the idea of landing on the moon by 2024, on Mars by the 2030s, the Artemis Accords, the National Space Council and NASA’s Earth science programs to help fight climate change. He even expressed concern about China’s drive for space dominance.

Indeed, the one overriding message that Nelson sought to impart was that his tenure as NASA administrator would be one of continuity with the previous regime. He would not propose any drastic changes in policy but would rather seek to continue those enacted by the previous administration. In past changes of presidencies, NASA has suffered whiplash with abrupt changes in the direction of its human spaceflight program.

In previous commercial spacecraft programs, NASA has been careful to award two companies contracts, the theory is that the competition will keep costs low and that redundancy will ensure that NASA has at least one spacecraft to do things like take astronauts to and from the ISS.

However, the fact that Cantwell represents Washington State, the home of Blue Origin, whose “National Team” lost out on the HLS contract, may not be a coincidence. Such are the perils of pork barrel politics.

Nelson did not point out that Congress had provided the HLS program with only enough money for one contract. His first headache as NASA administrator may be coming up with the money for two commercial lunar landers. But, if at the end of his career, Nelson can bring closer the day that Americans return to the moon, he will have established a legacy that will overshadow a lot of political sins over the years.  

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