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January 28 – February 3, 2019 / Vol 38, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA

25 Jan 2019, 20:15 UTC
January 28 – February 3, 2019 / Vol 38, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Astronaut Memorial Observations on Eve of USA Return to Human SpaceFlight and Apollo@50

Excitement rises this year as SpaceX plans its demo launch of the Dragon V2 crew vehicle in February, Boeing prepares CST-100 Starliner flight for ~March, and both could launch Americans from USA soil in 2019. The 9 pioneering Commercial Crew Astronauts will help to end the 8-year hiatus of USA Human Spaceflight capabilities since the Space Shuttles, while NASA works to complete SLS / Orion to launch humans farther into space since Apollo Moon program. Among pioneering explorers which are celebrated and honored, specifically this week: the 52nd observation of Apollo 1 crew members Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee lost during a launch pad test on Jan 27; the 33rd observation of Challenger STS-51L loss of Francis “Dick” Scobee, Michael Smith, Christa McAuliffe (1st ‘Teacher in Space’), Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnick, Ronald McNair and Gregory Jarvis on Jan 28; and the 16th observation of Columbia STS-107 loss of Richard Husband, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon (‘1st Israeli Astronaut’), William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown and Kalpana Chawla (‘1st Indian American astronaut’ and ‘1st Indian woman in space’) on Feb 1. Numerous education centers, schools, ...

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