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April 6-12, 2020 / Vol 39, No 14 / Hawai`i Island, USA

3 Apr 2020, 20:17 UTC
April 6-12, 2020 / Vol 39, No 14 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Expedition 62/63 Crew to Launch to ISS, Commercial Crew Perhaps in May, Humans to Moon 2024-25

Nominal operations for International Space Station Expedition 62/63 continue with Roscosmos planning Soyuz MS-16 crew launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan April 9. This will be the 1st crewed flight not launching from ‘Gagarin’s Start’, the pad at Baikonur that launched Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1 in 1961. Chris Cassidy of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos are set to join Commander Oleg Skripochka, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan who are planning to return to Earth April 16, and have been working aboard ISS since Sep 25. Reusable cargo ship Dragon CRS-20, filled with return experiments and hardware, is being readied for April 6 undocking from 405-km altitude and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Crew Dragon carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on Demo-2 test flight to ISS could launch mid-to-late May. Expedition 63 will focus on biology research, space botany and remote robotics work – much of which will support Artemis human Moon missions. The NASA call for ‘Artemis Generation Astronauts’ will see new candidate selections mid-2021 from the 12,000+ applicants. SLS 1st launch 2021 likely will ...

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