NASA has scheduled the first crewed launch of SpaceX’s independently designed and developed Dragon spacecraft for 4:32 p.m. EDT (2032 GMT) on May 27, 2020 (barring unforeseen delays, such as a high probability of adverse weather). Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first American astronauts to go into space aboard an American-made ship since the former Space Shuttle program. Continue Reading
Ni hao, fellow travellers! Today we introduce Colonel Eric Boe, the third of four astronauts selected to be among the first to pilot the first of SpaceX’s manned Dragon spacecraft, which Browncoats and sci-fi fans everywhere are campaigning to have named after Serenity.
Born in Miami, Florda, Eric Boe considers himself a native of Atlanta, where he grew up and attended high school. After graduating, he began what would become a long, distinguished- and still continuing- service in the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian volunteer auxiliary of the Air Force that performs emergency airlifts, search-and-rescue, disaster relief, as well as supporting the American Red Cross. While still a cadet, Boe was awarded the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, the highest award that the service gives to cadets.