As we count down to the first crewed orbital space mission launch from the United States in just about 10 years, there is once again an abrupt surge of enthusiasm for America’s space program.
Should climate conditions be licensed, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to lift off Saturday evening (May 30), sending two NASA space astronomers on a test strategy to the International Space Station (ISS) called Demo-2.
For SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to arrive at the ISS, the Falcon 9 must be propelled exactly when Earth’s turn conveys the platform into the plane of the station’s circle. For Demo-2, that will occur at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT (1922:45 GMT) on Saturday.
Also, if the skies are sensibly clear on Saturday evening, occupants living over the focal and northern United States, just as southern Canada, will be in for a true treat as they will get a chance to see Crew Dragon, with Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken inside, move over their local sky.
This is a sight that ought to effectively be obvious to anybody, even from brilliantly lit urban communities. The presence of either the International Space Station or the Dragon capsule moving over the sky isn’t in itself unusual.
Claude Denni was born and raised in San Jose. Claude has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Daily Democrat here in Californiar and NPR. As a journalist for Coastal Morning Star, Claude covers national and international developments.