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NASA gave its final go-ahead on Friday to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company to conduct its first unmanned test flight of a newly designed crew capsule to the International Space Station on March 2.
The approval cleared a key hurdle for SpaceX in its quest to help NASA revive America’s human spaceflight program, stalled since space shuttle missions came to an end in 2011, Reuters reported.
NASA has awarded SpaceX $2.6 billion, and aerospace rival Boeing Co $4.2 billion to build separate rocket and capsule launch systems to carry US astronauts to and from the space station, an orbital research laboratory that flies 402 km above Earth.
“Following a full day of briefings and discussion, NASA and SpaceX are proceeding with plans to conduct the first un-crewed test flight of the Crew Dragon on a mission to the International Space Station,” NASA said in a statement announcing its decision.
Aday after Boeing confirmed delays in test flights of its commercial crew vehicle, NASA said that the company's crewed test flight will get an extended stay at the station when it does fly.
Water vapor poured across the Mississippi landscape as NASA ground-tested an engine type that may bring astronauts to the moon in the next three years.
Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA reported this week that the Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down on the asteroid Ryugu and will start collecting samples of the dust in its surface.
The volume of non-oil goods exported from the ports of Hormozgan province of Iran has increased by 24% in the past 8 months, Director of Bandar Lengeh Ports and Maritime Directorate Ghasem Askarinasab said, adding that the ports have also accomplished more successes in other areas.
Voyager 2, the spacecraft, launched in 1977, is approaching the edge of the solar system, according to a NASA statement.