Four astronauts are expected to board their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and return home from the International Space Station on Friday, bringing an end to their nearly six-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory.
NASA and SpaceX are now targeting no earlier than 11:35am Friday, Oct. 14, for the agency’s Crew-4 undocking from the Space Station to begin their return trip to Earth completing a nearly six-month science mission in orbit.
NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, along with JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, entered their official quarantine period beginning Monday, Sept. 19, in preparation for their flight to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission.
NASA has awarded five additional missions to SpaceX for crew transportation services to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract.
As the commercial specialists for Rocket City Commercial, a real estate firm based in Titusville, the pair often travel to retail or real estate conferences and pitch the city as a destination for national retail and restaurant brands, as well as development.
When FIU Institute of Environment scientists sampled 156 oysters from Biscayne Bay, Marco Island and Tampa Bay, they detected contaminants—perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) and phthalate esters (PAEs)—in every single one. These contaminants pose serious health risks to people and wildlife, and the oysters prove they are in the water and have crept into the food chain. The findings were recently published in Science of the Total Environment.
The Space Coast has seen a recent explosion in the Space Industry, and with it, thousands of new Brevard County residents are moving to the Space Coast, all seeking careers in the largest space companies: NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.