NASA and SpaceX Move Crew-1's Launch Date to Halloween
The International Space Station will have its new guests over soon. Just not on the 23rd of October as previously announced, as there's been a recent update from NASA.
The launch date for Crew-1 is now 2:40 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 31 to the ISS. If you were wondering, the plan has changed in order to not coincide with Soyuz launch and landing operations, headed to the same destination on October 14th.
The updated launch date will inevitably correspond to early Halloween, so every cloud has a silver lining, we assume. Hopefully, the crew doesn't forget to pack some costumes to take with them!
"This additional time is needed to ensure closure of all open work, both on the ground and aboard the station, ahead of the Crew-1 arrival. The increased spacing also will provide a good window of opportunity to conduct additional testing to isolate the station atmosphere leak if required," the statements wrote.
First international space crew
The Crew-1 will hit the station for a six months period after the SpaceX Crew Dragon launches on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. It is the first time an international space crew will go into space aboard a NASA-certified and commercially owned American rocket and spacecraft from the US, the statement indicated.
The team will include four astronauts. Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will enjoy the orbiting lab soon. And, by the time the US election is set off on November 3, 2020, they will be up for some space work. But that will not hold them back from voting in space, per The Verge.
NASA will get the best of the situation as it will have more time for the last checks. "NASA is in the final stages of the data reviews needed ahead of certification following the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight," per statement.
There's no need to get disappointed in the postponed launch as you may focus on Soyuz launches while waiting for the Crew-1's take off soon.