It was launched as announced at 15.22 local time (21.22 in Italy) from Cape Canaveral with two astronauts on board the capsule Crew Dragon of the SpaceX; after 9 years i United States they find the ability to bring men into orbit thanks to private individuals. Launched on behalf of Nasa by the company of Elon Musk, the capsule is leading to the Space station NASA veterans Doug Hurley (54 years old) e Bob Behnken (50) in the mission demo2, which opens the way to the series’ flights Crew Dragon.
The launch took place from the historic ramp 39 / A of Kennedy Space Center from which the missions started Apollo directed to the moon and those of the Space Shuttle that allowed to build the Space station. The return to Earth of the first stage of the rocket is expected shortly Falcon 9 of the SpaceX, which with this mission has faced the eighth launch since the beginning of 2020. In the meantime the capsule continues its journey which, about 20 minutes from launch, will take it to fly over Italy, where for a couple of minutes it will be well visible as a bright dot from the regions of the North East.
The arrival at Space station it is expected after about 20 hours and the docking maneuver is expected at 16.27 on 31 May; just over two hours later, at 18.45, the hatch is expected to open. To welcome Hurley is Behnken the American will be on board the Space Station Chris Cassidy and the Russians Anatoli Ivanishin is Ivan Vagner.
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