Chased By A Dragon

Our View From Iowa

I watched with great interest the SpaceX-NASA launch of two astronauts from Florida on Saturday 30 May 2020. Since I was about 10 yrs old, I have been fascinated with spaceflight. The launch Saturday was the first time since 2011 the U.S. has launched our astronauts into orbit. We’ve have contracted those efforts to Russia. The Space Shuttle was our previous launch vehicle.

Launch of the Dragon spacecraft was successful and on-time. Bob and Doug were on their way to the International Space Station for a docking one day later. Doug’s previous flight to ISS was on the last Shuttle mission in 2011. The ISS passed over Florida at the time of launch which placed both vehicles into similar orbits. That made the time much shorter for Dragon to catch ISS.

I received an email notice a few days earlier telling me the ISS was to pass directly over my…

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