June 14, 2024

SpaceX and NASA delay the separation of the special crew from the International Space Station

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The ejection of the world’s first fully private crew from the International Space Station has been postponed from Saturday (23) to Sunday (24).

All because of strong winds that were expected at the diving sites off the coast of Florida in the United States. “At the conclusion of a meteorological briefing prior to the planned cancellation of the docking on Saturday, teams from NASA, Axiom Space and SpaceX chose to postpone the attempt to cancel the docking due to low winds during the day that caused strong winds at the landing sites,” NASA said.

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Weather permitting, the Ax-1 crew is expected to close the hatch at around 5:45 p.m. EDT this Sunday (24) to return to Earth in the SpaceX Dragon Endeavor spacecraft with a touchdown off the coast of Florida around 12:00 Noon. (25).

Ax-1 astronauts blasted off into space on April 8 aboard a Crew Dragon capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria is the mission leader, which also includes Canadian philanthropist Mark Bathy, as well as Israeli businessman Eitan Stipe and businessman and pilot Larry Connor.

Astronauts from the Ax-1 mission. Photo: Axiom Space

Three of the four mission crews ax 1 Received by members International Space Station (ISS) as “honorary astronauts”, because they are civilians with no spaceflight experience who will remain in the orbital structure for several days.

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“I must say this is a truly unique experience,” the commander said during a broadcast with his fellow travelers and members of Expedition 67 – The current occupants of the International Space Station. “I don’t even know how to begin to describe what it has been like to be inside the Crew Dragon for the past day and a half, seeing these people’s faces light up.”

The commander then announced the recognition of his fellow crew members as honorary astronauts: “There is a tradition that when you cross a certain boundary – and these limits are debatable, but in the United States, it is about 80 km – you become an astronaut at the height you have reached, and this is what happened to these three people Yesterday, for the first time [sexta-feira, 8]’, he commented, then handed out pins proving the invasion of civilian travelers.

When he mentioned the term “debatable”, Lopez Alegria To the extent defined for what constitutes “space travel”. Explaining: The international consensus stipulates that the so-called “Kerman line“- 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface – is the boundary that separates our planet from space. However, the United States has a minimum of this, at an altitude of about 80 km.

This demarcation generates some debate about whether or not someone is an astronaut – this has been the point of controversy over Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon Group and Blue Origin Aviation, or not officially recognized honor, When traveling with New Shepard in July 2021.

The International Astronautical Association badge was awarded to the crew of the Ax-1 mission, in recognition of their arrival to the International Space Station, however, this honor can be called into question at the international level.
The International Astronautical Association badge was awarded to the crew of the Ax-1 mission, in recognition of their arrival at the International Space Station, however, that honor can be questioned internationally (Photo: International Space Explores Association / Disclosure)

In other words, it is likely to be a file NASA Recognition of the three crew members as astronauts – it was the US agency that brokered the flight with Axiom Space and SpaceXThe owner of Crew Dragon. However, whether or not this will be recognized internationally is another story. One to see later.

The crew of honorary astronauts on the Ax-1 mission has conducted a lot of research targeting different areas, but the idea is mostly to work on health studies, thanks to Axiom Space’s partnership with several US hospital entities. Another aspect of the research is studying the technologies of Axiom itself.

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