This is a landmark mission for NASA and the company because it is the first fully operational crewed mission for SpaceX, following up a test mission in May that carried NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, both test pilots, to the space station.
The three American astronauts are NASA's Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover , and Shannon Walker and the fourth astronaut is Soichi Noguchi from Japanese space agency (Jaxa). "That was one heck of a ride", astronaut Mike Hopkins said from Crew Dragon to SpaceX mission control about an hour after liftoff . Time in space: Walker has logged one previous mission in space.
Air Force once it lands on the ISS . The Crew-1 mission is scheduled to launch on Sunday at 7:27 p.m. They'll then head out to the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at around 4PM ET to board the Crew Dragon and get strapped inside the spacecraft.
The launch was previously slated for October 31 but was pushed back to November 14 when the Falcon rocket had two engines replaced because of contamination from a red lacquer used in processing. "Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the " Just Read the Instructions " droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean".
The Pink Moon is traditionally the fourth Full Moon of the year in April. It gets its name from the pink wildflowers - Wild Ground Phlox - that bloom in the spring and are native to North America . "Look out your window or step into your garden/balcony if you have one". We have 13 full moons to look forward to in 2020 . Planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be visible in a lovely line for a week or so, from now until mid-April.
Musk has gotten one of those, too. In recent months, the pandemic has again spiraled out of control. Two of the tests came back positive and, to his surprise, two more came back negative. " Rapid antigen test from BD", he wrote on his micro-blogging page. "While the scientific community agrees that no diagnostic test is ideal, we stand behind the quality, utility and science of our system", the statement reads.