NASA Brings Back Iconic 'Worm' Logo for First Crewed SpaceX Launch

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It is Noguchi's third spaceflight; he was previously a space shuttle and space station crew member. All NASA centers are now working on non-mission-critical work done remotely, which limits employee contact with crew, according to the agency. This is the last flight test of the system before SpaceX is only certified to conduct operational crew flights to and from the space station for NASA, the agency said.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared that "the worm is back" today in a tweet - and revealed that it's been painted on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that's due to launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as next month.

It is not yet clear when SpaceX will launch its first official human mission to the ISS. A realistic simulation of the Crew Dragon vessel was also used during the event.

In preparation for the upcoming mission, teams from NASA and SpaceX recently joined together to carry out flight simulations with Behnken and Hurley.

The two astronauts were subjected to simulations of various phases of the mission as well as procedures that will be carried out inside the spacecraft. "Simulation supervisors do a great job at picking cases that really make the team think and discuss". As commercial companies focus on providing human transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA is free to focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep space missions.

"What's happening in commercial crew is a big deal", Hess said. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will definitely earn their spacecraft pilot flights with this mission.

The first mission, scheduled for launch later this year if Demo-2 is successful, will send NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor Glover Jr., as well as Soichi Noguchi of the Japanese Aviation Research Agency for a six-month stint at the space station.

Demo-2 is the final test before NASA's transition to operational crew flights to the space station using the Crew Dragon spacecraft. This will be the first spaceflight for Glover and the second for Hopkins, who lived aboard the space station from September 2013 to March 2014 as part of Expeditions 37 and 38.

Walker was born in Houston and began her career at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in 1987 as a robotics flight controller for the space shuttle with Rockwell Space Operations Co.

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