NASA director Jim Pridenstein urged space lovers not to travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida next month to watch the first astronauts launch since 2011.
Pridenstein asked people to watch this rare event on television or on the Internet, fearing the spread of the new Corona virus.
“We ask people to join us in this launch, but from home, there is no need to come to Florida to follow up on this rare event,” Pridenstein said at a press conference last Thursday.
Predenstein revealed the flight details: “The rocket and its spacecraft are to take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27, to transport two astronauts to the International Space Station. The special SpaceX company has developed the missile and spacecraft.”
He continued: “NASA has been using Russian missiles on manned spaceflight since its space shuttle program stopped in 2011. If the mission succeeds, SpaceX, headed by billionaire businessman Elon Musk, will become the first private company to send NASA astronauts into space.”
“But the long-awaited launch will be different from what was expected. In light of the Corona crisis, NASA is expected to limit the number of news media representatives allowed to cover the launch at the Kennedy Space Center,” he said.
Predenstein also urged space lovers not to come to the Florida spaceport to watch the launch in person.
He said, “We will not open the Kennedy Center to the public in the usual way, including the beaches and the surrounding areas.”
It is noteworthy that the Kennedy Space Center witnessed in 2011 hundreds of thousands of people flocked to watch the launch of the final space shuttle mission in July 2011, which was the last time that astronauts launched into space from the American lands.
It is reported that NASA has contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to develop new human-designated crew capsules to transport astronauts to and from the space station. The “privately owned” Dragon Cruise ships and “Starliner” will end NASA’s only dependence on Russian Soyuz vehicles for transporting station crews.
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