SpaceX Crew Docks at the International Space Station


first_img– Advertisement – The crew overcame iffy weather and launched Sunday at 7:27 p.m. Eastern time from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The journey lasted 27 hours.When the Dragon’s commander, Mike S. Hopkins, made radio contact, Kate Rubins, an astronaut aboard the space station, called out, “Oh, what a good voice to hear,” The Associated Press reported. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, a privately built and operated vessel carrying four NASA astronauts, successfully arrived at the International Space Station on Monday night. “Docking confirmed — Crew Dragon has arrived at the @space_station!” the rocket company SpaceX, started by Elon Musk, announced on Twitter. – Advertisement – The trip is a milestone in the effort to bring private spaceflight to reality. – Advertisement –center_img “For the first time in history, there is a commercial capability from a private sector entity to safely and reliably transport people to space,” Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA, said in a telephone interview with reporters on Thursday.In the future, instead of relying on government-operated spacecraft, NASA astronauts and anyone else with enough money can buy a ticket on a commercial rocket.The four astronauts on this flight are Mr. Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor J. Glover of NASA and Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese astronaut. They are to stay at the space station for six months. – Advertisement –last_img read more

EAC wants Burundi Presidential polls postponed


first_imgA protester runs in front of a burning barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre A protester runs in front of a burning barricade during a protest against Burundi President PierreEast African Community ministers negotiating a peace deal in the Burundian crisis now want the presidential elections set for July 15 postponed  by two weeks.to July 30.The council also wants the Burundian government to release all leaders it arrested as a way of encouraging dialogue. Several key national figures in Burundi including the Vice President and the Speaker of Parliament have fled the country as the political crisis continued unabated.The team of ministers and their delegations, including Kenya’s East African Affairs and Trade Minister Phyllis Kandie, want President Pierre Nkurunziza to form a government of national unity that includes Opposition leaders in order to facilitate national healing.East African leaders returned to Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, to yet again try and resolve the political crisis in Burundi.At least 70 people have been killed in two months of protests there, sparked by president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third term.Burundi’s electoral commission is yet to release results from the recent,parliamentary elections, boycotted by the opposition and internationally condemned as not being crediblelast_img read more