NASA Revives Its Iconic ‘Worm’ Logo From The 70s

Katie Ramirez
April 5, 2020

The Crew Dragon spacecraft is also being prepared for pre-launch and is undergoing the final tests at the SpaceX facility near Cape Canaveral in Florida. It is the last flight test for the system before SpaceX is certified to perform operational crew flights to and from the NASA space station, the agency says.

NASA has excellent news after SpaceX suffered an accident that destroyed a Crew Dragon mockup earlier than it may full a parachute take a look at, indicating that the anomaly might have minimal influence on the spacecraft's Demo-2 astronaut launch debut. In mid-2018, SpaceX's first completed Crew Dragon spacecraft efficiently handed by means of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and thermal vacuum (TVac) testing, arriving on the launch website for preflight processing by July.

That vibe returns to active use with the SpaceX Demo-2 mission, which is now set for launch sometime in early-to-mid May, and which will carry NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to space, and to the International Space Station, for the final step in certifying Crew Dragon for regular use in operational astronaut transportation missions. All NASA centers are now working on non-mission-critical work done remotely, which limits employee contact with crew, according to the agency.

In preparation for the upcoming mission, teams from NASA and SpaceX recently joined together to carry out flight simulations with Behnken and Hurley.

Hurley and Behnken have practiced in a Crew Dragon simulator for the past few months.

The two astronauts were subjected to simulations of various phases of the mission as well as procedures that will be carried out inside the spacecraft. "The simulation supervisors do a great job of selecting the cases that really make the team think and discuss".

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"What's happening in commercial crew is a big deal", Hess said.

Commercial partners such as SpaceX open access to low ground, such as the space station.

The retro, modern design of the agency's logo will help capture the excitement of a new, modern era of human spaceflight on the side of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle that will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the Demo-2 flight, now scheduled for mid- to late May.

"It will be the first time to launch astronauts from USA soil since the end of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011, and it will be the first time since STS-1 that we will launch astronauts in a new spacecraft", Hess added.

It will be the second spaceflight for Walker and Hopkins, both of whom have been at the space station before, and the first for Glover. It is Noguchi's third space flight; he was previously a member of the space shuttle and the space station.

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