Testing and Training on the Boeing Starliner
by Staff Writers
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 12, 2019
NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, a veteran of two stays aboard the International Space Station and Space Shuttle mission STS-134, works through a check list inside a mockup of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner during a simulation at NASA's Johnson Space Center on Aug. 21, 2019.
Fincke, along with NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson, will launch to the Space Station aboard the Starliner during its first crewed flight test.
Starliner will launch as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the American aerospace industry to develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the Space Station.
Commercial transportation to and from the station will provide expanded utility, additional research time and broader opportunities of discovery on the orbiting laboratory.
The station is critical for NASA to understand and overcome the challenges of long-duration spaceflight necessary for the journey to Mars.
By encouraging industry to provide human transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA can expand its focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep space missions.
Taking the next giant leaps
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 09, 2019
In July, the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. MIT played an enormous role in that accomplishment, helping to usher in a new age of space exploration. Now MIT faculty, staff, and students are working toward the next great advances - ones that could propel humans back to the moon, and to parts still unknown. "I am hard-pressed to think of another event that brought the world together in such a collective way as the Apollo moon landing," says Daniel Hastin ... read more
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