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First SpaceX manned mission, May 30th (Sat)

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At 4:33 PM, eastern time.

SpaceX Is About to Launch Two Astronauts Into Space in a Historic First
In the beginning, everyone was skeptical. But Elon Musk's SpaceX defied expectations - and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two NASA astronauts into space, the first crewed flight from US soil in nine long years.
(The last one being the final launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, July 8, 2011)
US President Donald Trump will be among the spectators at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to witness the launch, which has been given the green light despite months of shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The general public, in a nod to virus restrictions, has been told to watch via a livestream as Crew Dragon is launched by a Falcon 9 rocket toward the International Space Station.

NASA's Commercial Crew program, aimed at developing private spacecraft to transport American astronauts in to space, began under Barack Obama.

But his successor sees it as a symbol of his strategy to reassert American domination of space, both military - with his creation of the Space Force - and civilian.

He has ordered NASA to return to the Moon in 2024, an unlikely timetable but one that has given the storied space agency a boost.

In the 22 years since the first components of the ISS were launched, only spacecraft developed by NASA and by the Russian space agency have carried crews there.
'Success story'

At 4:33 pm (2033 GMT) on Wednesday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to take off from Launch Pad 39A with the Crew Dragon capsule at its top.

NASA has awarded SpaceX more than US$3 billion in contracts since 2011 to build the spacecraft.

The capsule will be crewed by Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, both veteran space travelers - Hurley piloted Atlantis on its last trip.
Wow, older than I would have guessed, but cool.
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Lister commends the accomplishment while doubting the necessity.

I hope they make it.

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Well, it probably wasn't necessary to put a man on the moon either, strictly speaking. It's just pretty cool. Not that this is comparable to that, but baby steps.
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The moon will be Chinese of possibly Indian. Maybe they will fight over it.
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Wow, orange fucktard in attendance. Lets see how can we make it all about ME!
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If he didnt youd bitch about him dissing these brave men. Yawn
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It's fitting that he should be there, but let's wait and see what stupid thing he says before commenting on it. :)
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Speculation is always appropriate. I mean, we know he will.

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Wonder if I will be able to see it.
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ed wrote:
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Wonder if I will be able to see it.
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I'm thinking no. Gnome has a better chance but probably no.

Did you see the last dozen or so?

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None are so blind as those that will not see.
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Scrubbed for weather.

Apparently they'll try again on Saturday.
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If it can't survive a little rain, how's it going to handle asteroids!?

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Rob Lister wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 9:44 am
ed wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 9:25 am
Wonder if I will be able to see it.
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I'm thinking no. Gnome has a better chance but probably no.

Did you see the last dozen or so?
I've been able to see shuttle launches with the naked eye from the Tampa Bay area. Especially at night, it comes up nice and orange. During the day it just looks like a tiny column of white smoke.

Once you've seen it a couple of times though it's not so special. I'd rather view a video clip.
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Next launch window is 3:22 PM EDT on Saturday. 4:22 AM for me, so I probably won't watch it live.
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When young every launch was a great event, something not to miss

30 years later a Shuttle launch was only watched live by around 17% of the American public

And then only because the first school teacher was going into space ...
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How hard is it to blow up a space shuttle? You just need a good teacher.

If that seems cruel, so too is taking a 6% chance of death for pretty much nothing. Meatbags have no place in space.

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Ugly bags of mostly water damnit!
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Rob Lister wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 12:07 pm
Lister commends the accomplishment while doubting the necessity.

I hope they make it.
I remember our interesting discussion on that.
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