NASA Engineer Tests Positive For COVID-19, Suspends Moon Mission

NASA's Mobile Launcher rolls toward Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center Fla. in June. File

NASA's Mobile Launcher rolls toward Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center Fla. in June. File

The agency's Ames Research Center in California has also been shuttered under a Stage 4 order after another employee tested positive for Covid-19 last week, while a number of other facilities - including Houston's Johnson Space Center - have been moved to Stage 3, limiting the number of workers and other staff allowed on site amid the viral outbreak.

The launch announcement came soon after the space center announced it was limiting on-site activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic to "mission-critical" personnel.

Artemis 1 will be the first integrated flight test of NASA's deep space exploration system: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Mr Elon Musk's SpaceX will send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time in May, US space agency Nasa said, announcing the first crewed launch from the United States to the space platform since 2011. The spacecraft would carry Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station.

Two US Space Agency facilities have been closed after a NASA engineer was found to have a virus. NASA has not decided if it will require another test flight before sending astronauts aloft in the Starliner capsule. The launch will mark the spacecraft's second demonstration and, as such, will help to provide additional analysis of SpaceX's ability to safely utilize its human spaceflight system.

Tulsi Gabbard ends 2020 campaign and endorses Joe Biden
Kamala Harris in July 2019, when Gabbard criticized the former prosecutor's record on marijuana and the death penalty. Gabbard had said in October that she wouldn't seek reelection, which raises questions about her future plans.

NASA and SpaceX officially announced the nation's return to human spaceflight from US soil is planned for mid-May. Since 2011, NASA has been relying on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to ferry humans to the space station. SpaceX has been in the lead from the start, though both companies have seen their share of setbacks and delays. 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.

The US now has more than 11,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including once known case at NASA's Stennis Space Center.

The very sluggish launch window for May could certainly change, and given the current public health crisis plaguing the world, it wouldn't be exactly shocking to see the launch slide to a later date.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering the latest news and trends in virtual reality, handheld devices, smartphones, and future technology.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.