NASA Halts Two Space Facilities Amid Coronavirus Fears

SpaceX Dragon has made several resupply trips to the International Space Station but May's launch will be the first crewed mission

KSC was the jumping-off point for the last homegrown orbital human spaceflight - STS-135, whose July 2011 launch kicked off the final mission of NASA's space shuttle program.

Its Stennis Space Center in MS, where the rocket booster is being tested, will also temporarily close.

NASA and SpaceX are as yet anticipating leading the primary kept an eye on business team program dispatch to space as right on time as May, showing that the timetable for the mission has not moved in spite of the continuous coronavirus pandemic. Aboard the spacecraft will be NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

On Tuesday, all 11 NASA centers were placed at Stage 3 of the agency's coronavirus contingency plans, requiring staff to work remotely except for those assigned to "mission-essential" projects, including the Space Launch System.

NASA has made a decision to shut down the production of its deep-space rocket, and a crew capsule as two of centers start with the Stage 4 of the agency's "Response Framework" amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is the last stage and the strictest. Their upcoming flight test is known as Demo-2, short for Demonstration Mission 2. "This second Crew Dragon spacecraft demo mission is yet another end-to-end flight test of SpaceX's human space flight system, which will include launch, dock, splash and recovery operations".

SpaceX is competing with Boeing to supply astronaut ferry service to the space station. All current transportation of astronauts to the ISS is done through the US' partnership with the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. SpaceX has been in the lead from the start, though both companies have seen their share of setbacks and delays. Boeing ran into problems in December with an uncrewed test flight for its Starliner capsule failing to reach the orbit required for the rendezvous. A NASA investigation returned dozens of issues that must be addressed before another test can be conducted, and it's unclear when the company will be ready to launch again.

But NASA's Stennis center and the Michoud Assembly Facility were elevated on Thursday to Stage 4, the highest level calling for a temporary shutdown, after an employee was diagnosed with the virus.

Most recently, Mike served as technical editor at The Daily Dot, and has appeared on USA Today,, and countless other websites and in print.



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