Space stuff (NASA, UKSA, CSA, ESA, etc)

Meanwhile in Texas...

50-50 chance of a Crew Dragon launch today as of midnight EDT this morning.
 
I just watched the launch. It was extraordinary to watch live. Can someone explain one thing to me? There was a piece that broke off just before they completed the first stage of the mission (where they said the astronauts would go to sleep for about 8 hours before the docking procedure with the ISS). What happens to that piece? I think it was one of the launchers. Does it become space debris or is it recycled like the launcher that returned back to Earth?
 
I just watched the launch. It was extraordinary to watch live. Can someone explain one thing to me? There was a piece that broke off just before they completed the first stage of the mission (where they said the astronauts would go to sleep for about 8 hours before the docking procedure with the ISS). What happens to that piece? I think it was one of the launchers. Does it become space debris or is it recycled like the launcher that returned back to Earth?
My guess is that it's the second stage of the rocket, which SpaceX has not found a way to recycle yet. It should end up in a degrading orbit and eventually burn up in the atmosphere.

 
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will likely return to Earth in August to wrap up a test flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, a senior space agency official said Tuesday.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft that launched with Hurley and Behnken was certified to fly in space for up to four months. The limiting factor on the spacecraft’s endurance is the degradation of the ship’s power-generating solar arrays in the harsh environment of low Earth orbit. (SpaceflightNow)
 
I am so bloody glad the Crew Dragon launch went well. With everything else going on right now, I don't know that I could have handled watching that end in catastrophe.
 
SpaceX launch in just over 20 minutes from now. The RocketLab launch from New Zealand went off nominally earlier this morning.

Two launches in less than 8 hours? Suck it, 60s kids!
 
The Space Station has a number of bright flyovers of the US* this week.

If you're interested in trying to see it, go to Heavens-Above, set your viewing location, and then check the link for the ISS.


* Looks like there are good views available to Europe, Taiwan, and Hawaii too. The viewing times may not be as convenient as ~9pm.
 
The Space Station has a number of bright flyovers of the US* this week.

If you're interested in trying to see it, go to Heavens-Above, set your viewing location, and then check the link for the ISS.


* Looks like there are good views available to Europe, Taiwan, and Hawaii too. The viewing times may not be as convenient as ~9pm.
Neat site!
 
Found a picture I took years ago. It's a 30 second exposure showing a trail from both the space station and the space shuttle.
space station and shuttle.jpg
 
Crew Dragon landing is scheduled for tomorrow. The likely landing Zone is near Pensacola. (I was hoping that they'd use the LZ option off of the cape, but the hurricane prevented that option from being considered.)

 
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