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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. First manned launch of a commercial vehicle to the ISS (International Space Station). Count down begins ~ T-36. Video is a feed from SpaceX YT channel recorded live. Date: May 30, 2020. [Credits to SpaceX] Thinking Like An Astronaut Activities: Q1: Why is this flight important? Q2: How is this launch similar to STS-25 (Challenger) and how is it different? Q3: Who are the two astronauts on this flight? How are they similar to the two astronauts that flew on STS-1 (Columbia maiden flight)? Q4: What data are viewable on the screen during the first ~ 5 minutes of the launch? Q5: How could this video be made better for the viewer for the next SpaceX launch? Q6: Where on the internet can we find a schedule for future SpaceX launches? (State URL) Can you find a website (URL) showing a schedule for all upcoming manned space flights? Q7: What surprised you most about the video, the actions by the crew, the communications or anything else? What is most memorable? What is considered a milestone (important historical event)? Now Test Your Pilot Skills: Check out the online SpaceX docking simulator at: Link (URL): https://iss-sim.spacex.com/ 1: Explore the sim. 2: Read and memorize the controls, especially acceleration. 3: Record your results for each attempt, begin with attempts after you study the tutorial directions and instructions. 4: Why is this considered a simulation? 5: What would you suggest to make this more fun to do? 6: Do you think the SpaceX pilot should be allowed to let the computer auto dock? Or should be manual docking by a pilot? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Have fun!! Email Dr. Palmere your answers at: firstname.lastname@example.org You can email him your questions too SpaceX Demo 2 May 30 2020 24m34s
Summer Camp is open for registration. Check out all the photos and videos we are adding every day. Here is a slow motion movie of a multiple launch at camp. It was during week 6. Joanne, the Flight Director for the week is kneeling in the center. At Space Voyage we call this a Synchronous Launch. And the challenge is to see how many rockets you can launch, meaning in the same photo frame. Can you see five rockets in this synchronous launch? We launch our nine foot (air-water) rockets every day at camp. We hope to launch eight at the same time this summer. Come and help us -- it's not easy but it fun!! Regards, Doc Palmere, 2020 Camp Director