Monday, May 23, 2022

BOEING STARLINER COVERAGE TO LEAVE ISS BEGINS ON TUESDAY

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The uncrewed Boeing CST-100 Starliner approaches the forward port of the International Space Station at 8:28 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 20 for the first time during NASA's Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2.

The uncrewed Boeing CST-100 Starliner approaches the forward port of the International Space Station ahead of docking at 8:28 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 20 for the first time during NASA's Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2. 
Credits: NASA


Here is the coverage schedule for Starliner's departure as provided by NASA:

NASA will provide live coverage of the upcoming return activities for the agency’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2). As part of the uncrewed flight test, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will depart from the International Space Station for a landing in the western United States.

The spacecraft is scheduled to autonomously undock from the space station to begin the journey home at 2:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 25. NASA and Boeing are targeting 6:49 p.m. for the landing and conclusion of OFT-2, wrapping up a six-day mission testing the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner system.

The return and related activities will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

In advance of Starliner’s return, commercial crew astronauts at the space station will speak with NASA leadership and make farewell remarks prior to closing the hatch to the uncrewed spacecraft.

Teams are targeting White Sands Space Harbor at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico as the primary landing site, with a backup White Sands opportunity Friday, May 27. The spacecraft will return with more than 600 pounds of cargo, including Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System reusable tanks that provide breathable air to station crew members. The tanks will be refilled on Earth and sent back to station on a future flight.

NASA’s Boeing OFT-2 return coverage on NASA TV is as follows and all times are subject to change based on mission operations (all times are Eastern):

Tuesday, May 24

12:20 p.m. – NASA Administrator event on Starliner’s flight test with commercial crew astronauts at station

12:55 p.m. – Starliner farewell ceremony

1:30 p.m. – Hatch closure TV coverage begins for 1:55 p.m. hatch closing

Wednesday, May 25

2 p.m. – TV coverage begins for the 2:36 p.m. undocking. NASA will break coverage after the spacecraft exits joint operations with the space station.

5:45 p.m. – Coverage begins for 6:05 p.m. deorbit burn and 6:49 p.m. landing in the western United States.

9 p.m. – Return to Earth news conference on NASA TV from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston:

  • Steve Stich, manager, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
  • Joel Montalbano, manager, NASA’s International Space Station Program
  • Suni Williams, NASA astronaut
  • Mark Nappi, vice president and program manager, Boeing

Media wishing to participate in the briefings in person must request credentials from the Johnson newsroom at: 281-483-5111 or jsccommu@mail.nasa.gov no later than noon Tuesday, May 24. Media interested in participating by phone must contact the Johnson newsroom by noon Wednesday, May 25. Those wanting to submit a question on social media may do so using #askNASA.

Learn more about space station activities by following @space_station, and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts and the space station blog.

See full mission coverage, NASA's commercial crew blog, and more information about the mission at:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

BOEING STARLINER AT ISS

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Here's the video recap of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner trip to ISS.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

WATCH BOEING STARLINER LAUNCH TONIGHT

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The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is lifted at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on May 4, 2022.

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is lifted at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on May 4, 2022, ahead of its second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) to the International Space Station for NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
Credits: NASA/Frank Michaux

Watch tonight's Boeing and NASA's scheduled 3rd launch attempt of the CST-100 Starliner uncrewed spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Learn more about OFT-2.

LIGHT THAT CANDLE!!!

Sky Guy in VA

Saturday, May 14, 2022

SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!! TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE MAY 15-16

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This diagram shows the key phases of the May 15–16 eclipse as the moon passes through Earth’s shadow. Times are EDT. (Courtesy Gregg Dinderman/Sky & Telescope. Source: USNO)

Get all the details for this sky spectacle.

I'll be hoping for breaks in the clouds to get some pics.

Wishing clear skies for all!

Sky Guy in VA

Thursday, May 12, 2022

FIRST EVER IMAGE OF THE MILKY WAY GALAXY'S SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE

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The black hole in the Milky Way has three bright spots along a ring tilting face-on toward Earth. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/AP)

Today we got to see the 1st ever image of the super massive black hole that resides at the center of our galaxy.

Read all about this amazing story and see the incredible videos.

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