NASA AND SPACE NEWS: Upcoming Launches and Landings
By Space Coast Daily // April 8, 2017
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Targeted Date: March 21, 2017
Mission: Orbital ATK Resupply Mission to International Space Station (Orbital ATK CRS-7)
Description: The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft is targeted to launch during a 30-minute window from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Date: April 10, 2017
Mission: Expedition 50 Undocking and Landing
Description: NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos undock their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft from the International Space Station’s Poisk module and land in Kazakhstan.
Date: April 20, 2017
Mission: Expedition 51 Launch
Description: Expedition 51/52 crew members NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launch to the International Space Station. Yurchikhin will be the Expedition 52 commander.
No Earlier Than: June
Mission: ICON (Ionospheric Connection Explorer)
Description: The Ionospheric Connection Explorer will study the frontier of space: the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet. ICON will launch from Kwajalein Atoll aboard an Orbital ATK Pegasus.
Date: August 3, 2017
Mission: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite M (TDRS-M)
Description: Orbiting 22,300 miles above Earth, the TDRS spacecraft provide near-constant communication links between the ground and orbiting satellites, such as Hubble, and the International Space Station. TDRS-M will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on an Atlas V rocket.
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