Slip-sliding to May: another Dragon delay and JAXA makes a bigger splash

www.theregister.co.uk | 4/29/2019 | Staff
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Round-up SpaceX's next ISS-bound launch was delayed, a new asteroid crater was made and some stamps for Apollo nostalgia fiends landed. El Reg has collated the past week's event in space for your delectation.

While the famously taciturn company continued to pick up the pieces left over from the 'anomaly' that resulted in an orange cloud above the test site and the Crew Dragon capsule reduced to fragments, day to day business continued with, er, another delay.

Time - Issue - Fire - Test - Falcon

This time the issue was with the static fire test of the Falcon 9 booster, which will be used to send the cargo version of the Dragon spacecraft off to the International Space Station (ISS) next week. The plan had been to test the engines of the booster on Friday 26 April, with a view to launching tomorrow.

However, SpaceX opted to delay its test, which means astronauts aboard the ISS will have to wait another day to receive the CRS-17 Dragon and its cargo of delights. As well as experiments within the pressurised Dragon freighter itself, the mission also includes NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, which will fly in the trunk of the Dragon and be mounted on the ISS.

Test - Company - Launch - May - ET

The delayed test was successful, setting up the company for a launch on 1 May at 03:59 ET.

Boffins in Japan have confirmed that the impactor released by asteroid-bothering probe Hayabusa2, created a crater on the surface of its target asteroid, Ryugu.

JAXA - Gang - Small - Carry-on - Impactor

The JAXA gang were confident that the Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) released by the probe had done its stuff, but the imagery confirmed the carnage. In fact, the size of the crater caused some raised eyebrows among the scientists.

The team estimated the damage to be 20 metres wide, and said "We did not expect such a big alternation so a lively debate has been initiated in...
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