Astronauts arrive for NASA's 1st home launch in decade

James Marshall
May 22, 2020

When reached by telephone Tuesday night, Loverro declined to touch upon the explanation for his departure.

Loverro started his role as the head of NASA's human spaceflight programs in December.

In an email sent to colleagues, Loverro cited a "mistake" that happened earlier this year, although no official reason for the resignation was provided, the BBC reported on Wednesday. "And therefore, it is with a very, very heavy heart that I write to you today to let you know that I have resigned from NASA effective May 18th, 2020".

The Artemis programme was introduced by the Trump administration in 2019 with the mission to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. It's additionally unclear precisely what position Loverro performed within the choice course of.

Two NASA astronauts arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, one week before they blast off aboard a SpaceX vessel - the first crewed space flight to leave from USA soil in nine years.

It is considered as coming back home sort to both these astronauts and most for the Hurley.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the US needs its own access to the space station in order to take full advantage of the $100 billion lab - the sooner, the better, pandemic or no.

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Loverro's exit instantly raised some eyebrows on Capitol Hill.

Congresswoman Kendra Horn, who chairs the subcommittee that oversees NASA, stated "we'd like solutions". The CCP was first formed in 2010 as a way for the private sector to partner with NASA and help develop new, reliable, and cost-effective technology.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters earlier this month that the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule will be only the fifth class of United States spacecraft to take humans into orbit, after the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. The pair were among the first astronauts to begin working and training on SpaceX's next-generation crew vehicle.

A NASA spokesperson declined to remark.

"I have 100 per cent faith in the success of that mission", Loverro told Axios. He added that he believes NASA's bold human spaceflight targets are "doable".

On the other hand, Hurley mention that he was one amongst the four astronauts who landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida nearly nine years ago in T-38s on July 4, 2011 to close out the Space Shuttle Program.

Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken (far left) and Douglas Hurley are greeted by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (far right) Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana at the Launch and Landing Facility runway.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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