Update: SpaceX Dragon

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The Dragon SpaceX launch was an extraordinary moment in world history. It was also a massive undertaking with years of planning behind it. Just over three weeks ago, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken docked aboard the International Space Station. Over the next several weeks, both astronauts will attempt several spacewalks to replace two batteries on an outer orbiting laboratory. It is estimated that it will take possibly four walk attempts to do so. The first of the four spacewalks are tentatively planned for Friday, July 10. Several thermal adjustments to the suits are being done right now to ensure maximum safety. However, one of the biggest issues facing the crew now, is the reentry process when coming back home. NASA at this time is uncertain whether landing will take place in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. 

Over the last few weeks, Doug Hurley has taken some amazing and awe-inspiring pictures of Earth’s regions that are truly spectacular in every sense of the word. It is estimated that the astronauts could return home as early as August 2. The spacewalks to replace the two batteries in the stations lab solar power system would be the last part of the mission. For the reentry process, the parachutes that will be attached to the craft went through several redesigns and rigorous experimenting that included multiple test drops. 

If the Dragon mission is proven to be a great success, crews would then begin evaluations of the four-crew flight currently set for mid-September 2020. The flight would be known as the Crew One. The Dragon mission is truly proof that even the world’s darkest times, hope can come from the stars and lead us to a truly bright future.

The SpaceX Dragon Crew – An Overlook

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On May 31, 2020, NASA made history with the SpaceX program launching two American astronauts into space on a privately-owned spaceship. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were the history-making team on a planned six-week mission to the international space station. The world will be forever in awe at the Dragon crews’ achievements as the mission is a true milestone in history. 

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Astronaut Doug Hurley has been in the astronaut program an astounding 20 years joining in the year 2000. Hurley, who proudly served in the US Marine Corps for more than 24 years, accumulated over 5,500 hours of flight time over his career. Hurley was already an operations officer upon being selected by NASA for the astronaut program. 

Along with Doug Hurley is astronaut Bob Behnken, who also joined the program in 2000. Behnken was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he helped manage and develop new weapon systems. He has over 1,500 hours of flight experience, a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mechanical engineering from Washington University, and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. 

With these monumental achievements of these two extraordinary and brave men, it will be incredible for the entire world to witness the outcome of Dragon’s discoveries. Most remarkable of all, the planet will experience it together. Also, a new first for any NASA launch, during the broadcast around the world, audiences could see two different camera angles – one inside the cockpit of the shuttle and one outside.