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    NASA Administrator

    Jim Bridenstine ✔ @JimBridenstine
    Todays successful launch marks a new chapter in American excellence, getting us closer to once again flying American Astronauts on American rockets from American soil. Congratulations to the @SpaceX and @NASA teams for this major milestone in our nations history. #LaunchAmerica
    3:06 AM - Mar 2, 2019

    Former NASA, Administrator Gen. Bolden

    Charles Bolden @cboldenjr
    It doesn't get any better than this!!!! To every member of the NASA-SpaceX Team tonight, congratulations on this milestone achievement of launching the first commercial human-rated spacecraft from LC-39A at KSC. Go Falcon 9; Go Crew Dragon! - Charlie B.
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    LIFTOFF! The next big leap in a new chapter of U.S. human spaceflight systems has left the pad. @SpaceXs #CrewDragon demo flight will be the 1st commercially-built & operated American spacecraft designed for humans to dock at the @Space_Station. Watch: https://twitter.com/...s/1zqKVOldbmpGB

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    Crew Dragon is on its way to the International Space Station! Autonomous docking at the @Space_Station set for early tomorrow morning. Watch live starting at 3:30 a.m. EST, 8:30 a.m. UTC → http://spacex.com/webcast
    3:07 AM - Mar 2, 2019
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    Schedule for March 3, 2019 (Sunday)

    - 08:30 UTC NASA TV Coverage of the Rendezvous and Docking of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon Spacecraft to the ISS

    - 11.00 UTC Dragon SpX-DM-1 Docking

    - 13:30 UTC NASA TV Coverage of the Hatch Opening of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon Spacecraft

    - 13.45 UTC hatch opening by flight engineer Anne McClain and commander Oleg Kononenko.

    DM-1 will deliver 181 kg of equipment and supplies for the station's crew and return with science samples, as well as a failed part of a spacesuit for analysis and repair

    - 15:35 UTC NASA TV Coverage of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon special welcoming ceremony by the ISS crew.
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    NASA stream for this AM's docking coverage (0330 Eastern)

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    Qapla' !!!

    Smooth, and early.

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    NASA TV Crew Dragon departure, re-entry & landing coverage. All times Eastern;

    Coverage: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasa...ex.html#public

    https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/schedule.html

    March 7, Thursday

    12:15 p.m. Coverage of the Hatch Closure of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon Spacecraft at the International Space Station; hatch closure scheduled at 12:25 p.m. EST (All Channels)

    March 8, Friday

    2 a.m. Coverage of the undocking of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon Spacecraft from the International Space Station; undocking scheduled at 2:31 a.m. EST (All Channels)
    7:30 a.m. Coverage of the deorbit Burn and Splashdown of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon Spacecraft to Complete Demonstration Mission-1. Deorbit burn scheduled at 7:50 a.m. EST; splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean scheduled at 8:45 a.m. EST (All Channels)
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    That's quite a sleek little spacecraft those guys have built. Too bad if Elon has his way it will be obsolete in 3 years.

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    Not obsolete for LEO taxi services, but yeah - Starship will make a lot of hardware obsolete.
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    Perfect!!

    This vehicle and Ripley, the test dummy, will be reusrd for the upcoming In-Flight Abort test - firing the SuperDraco escape engines mid-launch at MaxQ.

    The "Earth" plush toy/Zero-G Indicator will stay on ISS with @Astro_Annimal and return with the Crew Dragon DM-2 vehicle.





    @JimBridenstine
    I want to congratulate the @NASA Commercial Crew Program and all of the engineers who have been a part of this effort from the very beginning. This is an amazing feat for America!

    Col. Doug Hurley ✔ @Astro_Doug
    Congratulations to @SpaceX and @NASA on the successful completion of Crew Dragon Demonstration-1 test flight! Its been a joy to watch the teams in action and I cant wait to climb on board the next one!
    9:52 AM - Mar 8, 2019
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    NASA DM-1 highlight reel

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    The DM-1 post-landing comments pretty much mirror these two,

    "On-orbit we got a lot of great data on the vehicle in terms of the thermal performance and power performance; the vehicle really did better than we expected. Then the rendezvous was phenomenal as we came in and checked out those sensors. Today; the undocking, watching how those systems performed, that went flawlessly. It's a very tight sequence between undocking and de-orbit burn, how the nose cone performed, how the de-orbit burn was executed, then the entry was phenomenal.

    I don't think we saw really anything in the mission so far and we've got to do to the data reviews that would preclude us from having the crewed mission [DM-2] later this year."
    ~~ Steve Stich, Commercial Crew Program Deputy Manager, NASA

    "I can't believe how well the whole mission has gone. I think on every point, everything's been nailed, all the way along particularly this last piece. We were all very excited to see re-entry and parachute and drogue deploy and main deploy, splashdown everything happened just perfectly, right on time the way that we expected it to. It was beautiful."
    ~~ Benji Reed, Director of Crew Mission Management, SpaceX
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    Yay!! The US resumes human space flight this year!

    Astronauts

    Douglas G. Hurley: flew STS-135, the last Shuttle mission

    Robert L. Behnken: 708 hrs in space, 37 hrs spacewalks

    Both are married to astronauts.

    (NASA JSC Director Mark Geyer/@DirectorMarkG)

    Eric Berger ✔ @SciGuySpace
    Here at Johnson Space Center with @DirectorMarkG talking about the space agencys budget. This is a really good budget for NASA.
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    Eric Berger ✔ @SciGuySpace (Ars)
    Geyer: "We're looking at summer-fall for SpaceX's Demo-2 flight."
    12:31 PM - Mar 11, 2019

    https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/stat...44338328289280
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