English as she is corrupted
"safing" ??? Never heard that word before...
Unlike SpaceX's Crew Dragon, which plops down in the ocean at the end of a mission (ideally in one piece), Boeing's CST-100 Starliner is designed to land on, er, land. As NASA and Boeing inch ever closer to its first crewed launch, rehearsals were conducted last week to practice locating a capsule, safing it and preparing for …
It might have been created ahead of the Vostok and Mercury crafts, but didn't give us the first astronauts. The first x15 space flights weren't until July '62 or July '63, depending on which definition of space you subscribe to (50 miles, or 100km).
Yuri Gagaran and Alan Shepard had already become the first astronauts/cosmonauts before then.
While the Indian Space Research Organisation (IRSO) has claimed to have located the lander, the agency has yet to officially release any pictures, and its social media orifice has kept mum on the matter.
Maybe on their last fly-over they saw little green men removing all the useful parts?
"...the mission will place the spacecraft in a near-rectilinear halo orbit around the Moon."
Excuse my ignorance but I thought that describing something as "rectilinear " meant that it had straight sides. Now the piece does qualify the statement as "near-rectilinear" but even so I can't see how a satellite is going to be able to turn corners in orbit without a huge expenditure of fuel.
I may be missing the point here but this does not make sense to me.
I may be mistaken, but Enterprise was OV-98 not OV-101 and was the Drop-Test vehicle used at Edwards AFB for landing tests. 102-Columbia, 103-Discovery, 104-Atlantis and 105-Endeavour. (no, I don't recall why there was a jump from 98-102, but I am almost certain 101 never existed...)
Okay, Ov-99 was Challenger. So we have 99-Challenger, 102-Columbia, 103-Discovery, 104-Atlantis, 105-Endeavour -- and for some reason they decide to number the drop-test vehicle that was never to see flight as 101 between Challenger and Columbia. I'm getting old, but working on the Shuttle at JSC from just after Return to Flight post 51L, up though STS-73, I sure recall OV-98 being Enterprise. Chock it up to infant Alzheimer's or somebody has a copy/paste number error that been promulgated across a large number of wiki pages. (dunno which is more probable..)
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