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03/15/2019 – Ephemeris – The era of US crewed space launches begins

15 Mar 2019, 04:01 UTC
03/15/2019 – Ephemeris – The era of US crewed space launches begins
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Ephemeris for Ides of March, Friday, March 15th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 7:48, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:53. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 5:07 tomorrow morning.
Two weeks ago, the United States began to get back in the human space launch business with the launch of a test Crew Dragon space capsule on a Falcon 9 rocket, all made by SpaceX. The 6 day mission to dock with the International Space Station and then return to the Earth was an apparent success as everything appeared to go smoothly. After a successful in-flight abort test with the same capsule in a few months, another test with a crew will be flown. Boeing’s Starliner capsule is not far behind with a possible uncrewed launch in April. Both companies have abort tests to get behind them before crews can be launched. SpaceX is expected to launch a crew as early as June.
The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew Dragon Demo-1 liftoff. Credit NASA.
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