MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – Four astronauts are preparing to return home from the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, ending their five-month mission to the orbiting laboratory. The astronauts set a record for the longest time in space by a crew that launched aboard an American-built spacecraft. On Saturday evening, the crew is slated to climb aboard their spacecraft, which has remained fixed to the space station’s docking ports since the astronauts arrived in November. They’ll undock from the ISS around 8:30 pm ET and then spend the night aboard their capsule as it freeflies through orbit. The spacecraft will fire up its on-board engines to safely cut back into the Earth’s thick atmosphere, and it’ll use a series of parachutes to slow its decent before splashing down off the coast Florida Sunday morning around 2:57 am ET. READ MORE: Sources: Southwood Middle School Killer Michael Hernandez Died Of Possible Drug Overdose As the vehicle glides toward the … [Read more...] about SpaceX Splashdown: Four Astronauts To Return From Record-Breaking Mission
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CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) — Four astronauts are back down on Earth after SpaceX makes an overnight splashdown – the first since 1968. The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, just before 3 a.m., ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk’s company. READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 3,841 New Cases, 29 Additional Deaths Reported Sunday It was an express trip home, lasting just 6 1/2 hours. The astronauts, three American and one Japanese, flew back in the same capsule — named Resilience — in which they launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in November. “We welcome you back to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX,” SpaceX’s Mission Control radioed moments after splashdown. “For those of you enrolled in our frequent flyer program, you’ve earned 68 million miles on this voyage.” “We’ll take those miles,” said spacecraft commander Mike Hopkins. “Are they transferrable?” SpaceX replied that the astronauts would … [Read more...] about Historic Splashdown: 4 Astronauts Ride SpaceX Capsule Back To Earth
close Video Dr. Michio Kaku: Mars mission begins new era of space exploration Professor and 'Future of Humanity' author explains significance of NASA rover touching down on the Red Planet China's Long March 5B rocket's core stage is set to make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth's atmosphere in the next few days. The 100-foot-long object is orbiting the blue marble every 90 minutes, passing north of New York and Beijing and as far south as Chile and New Zealand . CHINESE ROCKET TO MAKE UNCONTROLLED REENTRY; UNCLEAR WHERE DEBRIS WILL HIT: REPORT While the main stage released the Tianhe, or "Heavenly Harmony," module – the makings of the country's first permanent space station – shortly after the eight-minute mark of the mission, Gizmodo reported that the core stage stayed in space and did not perform a controlled deorbit. Although rocket manufacturers typically take precautionary measures to avoid falling rocket … [Read more...] about What happens when space debris crashes on Earth?
SAN JOSE (CBS SF/BCN) — Mineta San Jose International Airport plans to add more than 300 parking spaces Saturday to meet growing demand as COVID-19 restrictions ease and people begin traveling again, airport officials said. The airport is reconfiguring its parking to provide exclusive covered spots in Lot 3, and is adding surface lot spaces in Lot 4 that were previously occupied by airport employees, according to airport spokesperson Keonnis Taylor. READ MORE: COVID: Santa Clara County Urges Young Adults To Get Vaccinated, Expands Access Amid Slowing Pace Starting Saturday, parking will be available in Lot 2 and Lot 4 for $18 per day and Lot 3 and Lot 5 for $24 per day. All parking lot rates were previously temporarily reduced to $18 per day. READ MORE: 5 Newborn Kittens Plucked Out Of Car Engine Compartment At Brentwood Fire Station People can see a map of parking locations and real-time availability at https://www.flysanjose.com/parking . “Providing the ability to … [Read more...] about San Jose Airport Adds Over 300 Airport Parking Spaces to Meet Demand
In Boca Chica, Texas, Elon Musk Elon Reeve Musk Elon Musk asks Twitter for skit ideas ahead of 'Saturday Night Live' appearance Census confirms Texas and Florida are America's future Senate confirms ex-Sen. Nelson to NASA MORE ’s SpaceX is preparing another test flight of the Starship, a new and improved prototype called SN15. By the time you read this, the massive rocket ship may well have taken flight in the skies over South Texas. It may even have landed intact this time. Since NASA has chosen a version of the Starship as the first lunar lander since 1972 , the test has taken on a greater significance. However, Musk guest hosting Saturday Night Live suggests that he has transformed from just another billionaire, albeit one who builds rocket ships and electric cars, into a bona fide celebrity. Donald Trump Donald Trump Susan Wright advances to runoff in Texas special election North Korean official says Biden's comments on country are 'hostile … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s Elon Musk has become the coolest capitalist of them all