The project will serve as the first-ever movie shot in space , but with such a monumental undertaking, it didn't take all that much to get the film green-lit. Tom Cruise has a penchant for action movies and it's looking like he may be signing up for an even bigger adventure. On May 27, SpaceX's spacecraft, Crew Dragon, is expected to complete its first astronaut mission to the station in nearly a decade.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been aboard the space station since May 31, the day after SpaceX's historic launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the first manned launch from USA soil since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011.
Right now, the Mars 2020 mission is completing a full health assessment on the spacecraft and is working to return the spacecraft to a nominal configuration for its journey to Mars. Perseverance also has a helicopter testing the possibility of flight on Mars, which has far less atmospheric pressure than Earth. Over 31 Earth days, the helicopter will undertake up to five flights on Mars.
At 7:50 a.m. from Cape Canaveral , the car-sized rover was spirited away on an Atlas V rocket . The Perseverance rover is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet . Ingenuity will capture colour aerial views of the Perseverance exploration site that will help the team scout for the best locations for the rover to explore.
The ESA spaceman will blast off alongside seasoned NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur , as well as Japan's Akihiko Hoshide , for a six-month-long stint in orbit. He first launched aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a visit to the station on the STS-126 mission in 2008, then aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for Expedition 49/50 in 2016.
It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and was moving west northwest at 20 miles per hour (32 kph). Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from parts of the U.S and British Virgin Islands, through Puerto Rico, into the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.