APOD: Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak (2020 Nov 19)

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APOD: Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak (2020 Nov 19)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:07 am

Image Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak

Explanation: Leaving planet Earth for a moment, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket arced into the early evening sky last Sunday at 7:27 pm EST. This 3 minute 20 second exposure traces the launch streak over Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. The rocket carried four astronauts en route to the International Space Station on the first flight of a NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system. Dubbed Resilience, the astronauts' Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the orbital outpost one day later, on Monday, November 16. At the conclusion of their six-month stay on the ISS, the Crew-1 astronauts will use their spacecraft return to Earth. Of course about 9 minutes after launch the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage returned to Earth, landing in the Atlantic Ocean on autonomous spaceport drone ship Just Read The Instructions.

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Re: APOD: Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak (2020 Nov 19)

Post by DL MARTIN » Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:20 am

Having watched the space program since the first blast-off, I'm impressed with the savings made by recycling the boosters. Viva the private sector.

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Re: APOD: Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak (2020 Nov 19)

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:00 pm

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Yeah! first manned spaceship mission since the shuttles were retired! :D :thumb_up: :clap:
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Re: APOD: Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak (2020 Nov 19)

Post by Chris Peterson » Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:09 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:00 pm
Yeah! first manned spaceship mission since the shuttles were retired! :D :thumb_up: :clap:
You mean with an American rocket. And this is the second... you seem to have forgotten the manned SpaceX launch a few months ago.
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Re: APOD: Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak (2020 Nov 19)

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:21 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:09 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:00 pm
Yeah! first manned spaceship mission since the shuttles were retired! :D :thumb_up: :clap:
You mean with an American rocket. And this is the second... you seem to have forgotten the manned SpaceX launch a few months ago.
Yes I did mean first American rocket! No I didn't forget: I was going by this
The rocket carried four astronauts en route to the International Space Station on the first flight of a NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system.
I should have said the first crew exchange! Or am I still wrong? Anyway I'm happy we're in business again!
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Post by Cousin Ricky » Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:08 pm

My sister saw this launch from her home more than 200 km away.

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Re: APOD: Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak (2020 Nov 19)

Post by johnnydeep » Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:26 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:21 pm
Chris Peterson wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:09 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:00 pm
Yeah! first manned spaceship mission since the shuttles were retired! :D :thumb_up: :clap:
You mean with an American rocket. And this is the second... you seem to have forgotten the manned SpaceX launch a few months ago.
Yes I did mean first American rocket! No I didn't forget: I was going by this
The rocket carried four astronauts en route to the International Space Station on the first flight of a NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system.
I should have said the first crew exchange! Or am I still wrong? Anyway I'm happy we're in business again!
I believe the distinction between this latest crewed launch and the one in May is that that one was still a "Demo" mission (albeit with two astronauts!) and this latest launch is an "Operational" mission. It's probably more of a meaningful distinction to NASA than to me!
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Post by heehaw » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:00 am

What is most amazing is the mindless zig-zag of American policy on space since 1957 and Sputnik.

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Re: APOD: Crew-1 Mission Launch Streak (2020 Nov 19)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:53 pm

johnnydeep wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:26 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:21 pm
Chris Peterson wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:09 pm


You mean with an American rocket. And this is the second... you seem to have forgotten the manned SpaceX launch a few months ago.
Yes I did mean first American rocket! No I didn't forget: I was going by this
The rocket carried four astronauts en route to the International Space Station on the first flight of a NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system.
I should have said the first crew exchange! Or am I still wrong? Anyway I'm happy we're in business again!
I believe the distinction between this latest crewed launch and the one in May is that that one was still a "Demo" mission (albeit with two astronauts!) and this latest launch is an "Operational" mission. It's probably more of a meaningful distinction to NASA than to me!
It's OK with me! Chris likes to clarify things, and I really appreciate that! Hopefully there will be a lot of useful missions in the future; like Luna Bases and Mars missions; etc.; etc.! 8-)
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