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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will do a tour of the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, in two days time (October 10), it has been announced.
The NASA chief will go to have a look at the progress being made by the Elon Musk-founded company in helping to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
This work between SpaceX and NASA is aimed at eventually getting human missions back to the Moon, and further exploring space.
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Progress on Project Artemis
After the tour, SpaceX will host a media availability (a small press conference) with Bridenstine, at which new details might emerge about the work being done towards eventually getting humans back to the Moon.
Also attending the media event will be Elon Musk, and NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley – the crew for the Demo-2 flight test to the space station.
According to a NASA blog post, the event will be streamed on Bridentine's official Twitter account.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft
SpaceX is set to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS on the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. These efforts will help to allow American astronauts to fly on American spacecraft lifting off from American soil.
Back in March, SpaceX completed Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission, Demo-1. They sent the uncrewed spacecraft to the International Space Station before sending it back to Earth.
Next for NASA and SpaceX is an in-flight abort test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system and the company’s second demonstration mission, Demo-2, NASA said in a blog post. Demo-2 will send humans to and from the ISS aboard Crew Dragon.
These are crucial steps towards eventually sending the first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024, one of the main aims of NASA’s Artemis program.