I'm heading out to the Big Apple (NYC) this Memorial Day weekend and do not know if I will be able to post a blog each day. We'll just have to see.
Space X's Dragon spacecraft is approaching the ISS as I write this at 7 a.m. on Friday, May 25. The spacecraft will conduct a number of maneuvers to test the ability of Drago to abort an approach to ISS. Once NASA is satisfied that Dragon is safe, Dragon will close to 30 meters of ISS and then be grappled by the robotic arm by the ISS crew.
Dragon, once hard docked, will be accessed to unload the 1200 pounds of supplies it is carrying. The spacecraft will then be loaded with used scientific equipment and stay attached to ISS for three weeks. It will then return to a splashdown off the California coast, be recovered and undergo post-flight testing.
ISS Crew Watching Falcon 9-Dragon Launch
NASA will be televising the Dagon's approach to ISS starting at 7:30 a.m. EDT at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
For updates: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/cargo/spacex_index.html and http://www.spacex.com/updates.php.
For my American readers please remember this Memorial Day weekend those who have provided us with our freedom and blessings that we enjoy each day....
Sky Guy in VA