What an amazing experience, I managed to capture lots images from my iPhone X and Sony A7iii camera, along with lots of video footage. I will edit the video soon, scroll down for the phone gallery. thx Chad
After many attempts, I have been selected to be a guest of NASA’s social media team during a launch. To say the least I was super excited to received this message from NASA’s social media team:
“Congratulations! Recently you applied for social media credentials to attend the social media activities and launch of the CRS-17 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. We are pleased to let you know that your application has been approved to attend the event.”
Photo gallery is below, with 2 sets of images. First set is from Monday April 29th we had activities all day at NASA. Second set is from Tues April 30th as I toured the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Center.
From SpaceX Press Team:
On Saturday, May 4, SpaceX launched its seventeenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-17) at 2:48 a.m. EDT, or 6:48 UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about 9 minutes after liftoff and will attach to the space station on Monday, May 6.
The Dragon spacecraft supporting the CRS-17 mission previously supported the CRS-12 mission in August 2017. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Dragon will be filled with more than 5,500 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.
CRS-17 is the seventeenth of up to 20 missions to the International Space Station that SpaceX will fly for NASA under the first CRS contract. In January 2016, NASA announced that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft were selected to resupply the space station through 2024 as part of a second Commercial Resupply Services contract award. Under the CRS contracts, SpaceX has restored the United States’ capability to deliver andreturn significant amounts of cargo, including live plants and animals, to and from the orbiting laboratory. Crew Dragon, a variant of the Dragon spacecraft designed to transport U.S-based crew to and from the space station, completed its first demonstration mission in March 2019.
International Space Station crew members will use the station’s 57.7-foot (17.6- meter) robotic arm to capture Dragon and attach it to the orbiting laboratory on Sunday, May 5.
Dragon will return to Earth with more than 4,200 pounds of cargo after an approximately four-week stay at the International Space Station. About five hours after Dragon leaves the space station, it will conduct its deorbit burn, which lasts up to 10 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes for Dragon to reenterthe Earth’s atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja, California.