If SpaceX does not launch during Wednesday's split-second window, the next try would be Saturday . It will be the first astronaut launch from Florida since Atlantis closed out the space shuttle program in 2011, and the first American-made capsule to carry people into orbit since the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975.
Mr Behnken and Mr Hurley will test the Crew Dragon's environmental control system, the displays and controls, and the manoeuvring thrusters. In 2010, the USA started to wind down its space shuttle programme which had carried astronauts into orbit for three decades with the aim of focusing on building technology for Moon and Mars missions.
Space shuttle launches usually attract tens of thousands of people, bringing tourist dollars to what is known as Florida's Space Coast. Donald Trump will be among the spectators at Kennedy space centre in Florida to witness the launch, which has been given the green light despite the coronavirus lockdown.
On May 22, 2020, inside the Operations Support Building II at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA managers pose for a photo following the conclusion of the flight readiness review for the upcoming Demo-2 launch. It was the first Commercial Crew vehicle to visit the ISS . We will be ready for the final flight check-up next Monday, two days before launch, and final checks will be made.
The virus originated in or spreads through bats, but the circumstances surrounding the first case of human transmission are still unclear. As a result of these recent measures, Wuhan has been converted into an official "wildlife sanctuary" by the Chinese government.
A new COVID-19 antibody test will e launched in the U.K.in the next two weeks. It requires a finger prick blood sample, which is then sent off to the lab. "Diagnosis of a current COVID-19 infection involves a different type of testing which is also available at Fast Pace Health". "The antibody test is not meant to determine if a patient has a current infection", the release states.