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19 August

Space X’s Dragon Successfully Completed the Delivery Mission!

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This is a repost from one of our sister publications, Windermere Sun.

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Space X’s CRS-12 Mission (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Space X’s CRS-12 Mission (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Space X’s CRS-12 Mission (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Space X’s CRS-12 Mission (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Space X’s CRS-12 Mission (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Space X’s CRS-12 Mission (presented at WindermereSun.com)

 

Space X’s CRS-12 Mission (presented at WindermereSun.com)

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As I’ve promised some of our readers, I will try to cover as much of the Space X launches, as often as possible!

For those of you who are not as familiar with Space X, Space X designs, manufacturers and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. It was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology by Elon Musk, with the ultimate goal of enabling human/earthlings to live on other planets.

For my solar and sustainable living friends, yes, I believe one of the components of sustainability of earthlings is space exploration. So, I also have friends and readers from this area and intend to also cover news and information about our space travel, space technology, and inter-galatic intrigues.Space X launched the delivery mission on Monday, August 14, 2017, on a Falcon 9 rocket. The CRS-12 Dragon spacecraft was launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 12:31 EDT (16:31 UTC). The mission is sending a robotic Dragon cargo capsule on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

About eight minutes after the launch, the first stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 came back to earth, touching down at Space X’s “Landing Zone 1” at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, sitting next door to Kennedy Space Center.

On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 6:52 am EDT (10:52 UTC), the uncrewed Dragon Spacecraft was captured by astronauts using International Space Station’s robotic arm-Canadarm2, as the two spacecraft were flying over the Pacific Ocean, just north of New Zealand. The Dragon cargo ship was filled with more than 6,400 lbs (2,900 kg) of supplies, science experiments and food and yes ice cream for the space station’s Expedition 52 crew. After the successful delivery and receiving the “Congratulations on a job well done,” message from astronaut Andreas Morgenson of the European Space Agency being radioed to the station’s crew from NASA’s Mission Control in Houston.Below, U.S. Commercial Cargo Craft (Dragon Spacecraft) arrives at the International Space Station:

Video was taken back in 2012, of the Hatch Opening Between Dragon & ISS (International Space Station), below:

Space X so far has 14 such rocket landings and the company has reflown two landed boosters to date. It is the goal of the company and Elon Musk to develop fully and rapidly reusable systems in order to dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration.

For a view of the International Space Station and how it works, here is a HD documentary of tour inside the International Space Station (ISS) shown by NASA Astronaut Sunita (Suni) Williams. She describes how the station is divided into two pressurized modules, floating to each as she demonstrates scientific instruments, brushes teeth, drinks water and using the bathroom, all in zero gravity. Sunita “Suni” Williams is an American astronaut of Indian-Slovenian descent holding several spacewalking records by a woman, below:

If you think this is pretty cool, enjoy exploring, and like math and sciences, you may like to consider becoming an astronaut some day and/or join the Planetary Society or at Planetary Society!
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26 January

Cosmos-1, The World’s First Solar Sail Spacecraft

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Today’s post will be on a solar propelled vehicle of a different kind….one that is not of the land nor sea, but of the space.  As Carl Sagan had once said, “We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean, we are ready at last, to set sails for the stars.”   With the help of solar sail, a Russian nuclear submarine fired an ICBM, converted from a weapon of mass destruction into a launch vehicle for peaceful scientific exploration, into Earth orbit.  It was the first test of a revolutionary method of travel that could some day take us to the stars.  Cosmos-1 was the world’s first solar sail spacecraft, using the pressure from sunlight to propel spacecraft between planets without fuel, launched into space at 15:46:09 EDT (19:46:09 UTC) on June 21, 2005.  The Planetary Society (a global membership organization and Earth’s largest space interest group) and Cosmos Studio (a venture in science-based entertainment that seeks to inspire and uplift, have cooperatively created this privately funded space mission.  The goal was to capture the world’s imagination and spur its governments to work together, to initiate a new golden age of exploration. The Babakin Space Center and Space Research Institute in Russia developed the spacecraft under the direction of a team of American scientists and engineers led by The Planetary Society.

Had the mission been successful, it would have been the first ever orbital use of a solar sail to speed up a spacecraft.

An artist’s rendering of Cosmos 1 orbiting the Earth, creative commons

This privately funded spacecraft, aimed to demonstrate solar sailing for the first time, appeared to have been lost in space and the ground controllers have failed to make contact with the craft the day after its launch.   But it was possible that it might have reached orbit and for some reason remained silent.

Cosmos-1, launched from the Barents Sea on a Volna rocket.  The huge, reflective sail should have deployed in an 800 km orbit. The project budget was US $4 million.  The Planetary Society planned to raise another $4 million for Cosmos 2, a reimplementation of the experiment provisionally to be launched on a Soyuz resupply mission to the International Space StationThe Discovery Channel was an early investor. However, advances in technology and the greater availability of lower mass piggyback slots on more launch vehicles led to a redesign similar to NanoSail-D, called LightSail-1, announced in November 2009.

Let’s take a look at the COSMOS-1, The World’s First Solar Sail Spacecraft, below:

NanoSail-D and Cosmos 2 could profoundly affect the future of science and exploration missions.  Solar sailing is the only means known to achieve practical interstellar flight, so let’s hope that each future effort would be the stepping stone that will lead us closer to sailing among the stars.   More on solar sailing will be coming in future posts.

Once again, I’d like to point out the proclivity of solar projects to take us from time of destruction to time of peace and expansion, as Cosmos-1 had done for us.

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, writtened, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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