Wednesday, May 27, 2020
One for the Books. Elon Musk's Crew Dragon Set to Fly Today.
UPDATE - Launch scrubbed. Weather problems at the launch site caused the launch to be delayed. The next opportunity will be the end of May.
I remember the flight of Yuri Gagarin. I remember the suborbital flight of Alan Shepard and the three-looper of John Glenn. I grew up devouring the progress of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programmes that culminated with Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.
Back then we knew their names. Each was a hero. Some of that was lost as we moved on to orbital flight, the space shuttle and the International Space Station. Chances are if you're thinking of the space shuttle astronauts you'll remember someone who died, someone like Sally Ride.
Today, however, a bit of that earlier spark may reignite, for a short while anyway, as two NASA astronauts attempt to pilot the Space-X Dragon manned vehicle to a rendezvous with the International Space Station.
This could herald a new era in space exploration, perhaps the colonization of the moon.
If the weather doesn't deteriorate, you can watch the Falcon-Dragon launch online. Pre-launch programming will begin in about half an hour, 12-noon, eastern time. Liftoff is scheduled for 4:33 EDT.
Wait a second. The Dragon crew are Bob and Doug.