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Axiom Mission 1’s New ISS Undocking Schedule; Why NASA Postpones the Earth Re-Entry of Ax-1?

The National Aeronautics and Space (NASA) Administration announced Axiom Mission 1’s new ISS undocking schedule.  

Axiom Mission's New ISS Undocking Schedule; Why NASA Postpones the Earth Re-Entry of Ax-1?

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A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft sits atop a Falcon 9 rocket on launch Pad 39A ahead of the scheduled Axiom-1 launch on April 7, 2022 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Axiom Space is managing the first fully private crew on an 10-day mission to the International Space Station. Commanded by former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria.

This means that Ax-1 original Earth-reentry plan is now postponed. Recently, Tech Times reported that Axiom Mission’s return was supposed to be on Apr. 19. 

However, this schedule is now moved to Apr. 24. Now, NASA explained why the ISS undocking launch was changed. 

Axiom Mission 1’s New ISS Undocking Schedule

According to UPI‘s latest report, Axiom Space’s private crew will start undocking from the International Space Station around 6:45 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Apr. 24. 

Axiom Mission's New ISS Undocking Schedule; Why NASA Postpones the Earth Re-Entry of Ax-1?

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch complex 39A carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft on a commercial mission managed by Axion Space at Kennedy Space Center April 8, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first fully private crew on an 10-day mission to the International Space Station is commanded by former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria.

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NASA stated that they decided to change the original schedule because of the high winds at the landing area (the coast of Florida). 

“NASA, Axiom Space, and SpaceX teams elected to wave off today’s undocking attempt due to a diurnal low wind trough which has been causing marginally high winds,” said NASA via its official blog post

Here are the exact activities that you can expect on Apr. 24: 

  • 6:30 p.m. EDT - (Coverage begins for hatch closure at approximately 6:45 p.m. EDT) 
  • 8:30 p.m. EDT (Coverage begins for undocking at about 8:55 p.m. EDT)  

Ax-1’s Estimated Earth Re-Entry 

NASA said that the Ax-1 crew is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere around 1:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, Apr. 25. For those who want to view the space launch, you can watch the coverage of NASA or Axiom Space. 

This just shows that the international space union is pretty busy working with other space agencies to complete essential launches. 

The Ax-1 space mission is one of the most important commercial spaceflights. Some experts even stated that it is a step forward toward commercial space launches. 

If you want to see further details about the importance of Axiom Mission 1, you can visit this link

Meanwhile, NASA Perseverance Rover was able to capture a stunning video of the solar eclipse on the Red Planet. 

For more news updates about Ax-1’s Earth re-entry and other upcoming commercial space launches, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.  

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