Four private citizens are gearing up to ride into orbit Friday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, taking aim on the International Space Station on the first all-commercial mission to visit the research complex. Liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is set for 11:17 a.m. EDT (1517 GMT).
NASA launch controllers called off plans to load super-cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen into the first fully-assembled Space Launch System moon rocket Sunday for a countdown dress rehearsal, giving time for ground teams to troubleshoot problems with fans used to ventilate the giant rocket's mobile launch structure at the Kennedy Space Center.
SpaceX has raised a Falcon 9 rocket vertical on pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for launch Friday at 12:24 p.m. EDT (1624 GMT) with 40 satellites to begin Earth-observing, communications, and technology demonstration missions. There's a 60% chance that weather conditions will be favorable for launch Friday.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei joined two Russian cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, undocked from the International Space Station and plunged back to Earth Wednesday, landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to close out a U.S.-record 355-day stay in space.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, launched by Russia to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft last April, returns this week to a world torn by war in Ukraine and escalating superpower tension as he closes out a 355-day stay in orbit, the longest single flight by a U.S. astronaut.
The White House's fiscal year 2023 budget request for NASA totals $26 billion, including $7.5 billion for the agency's Artemis moon program, a boost over this year's budget to help pay for development of a second human-rated lander to ferry astronauts to the lunar surface.
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