NASA’s SpaceX flight crew reaches Kennedy Space Center for May 27 liftoff

Pablo Tucker
May 29, 2020

Bridenstine told FLORIDA TODAY that Behnken and Hurley are slated to depart Houston and arrive at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, after which they will continue their coronavirus quarantine procedures - which began last week - ahead of liftoff.

Next week's launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida, will be the first from USA soil since the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine named Douglas Loverro as the agency's new associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate on October 16, 2019.


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

Loverro was appointed by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as the agency's associated administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate in October past year. Unfortunately, just a week before the historical launch, Loverro officially resigned from NASA.

Loverro's sudden resignation raised some eyebrows on Capitol Hill with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who chairs the House space and science committee, saying she was "shocked" by the news.

"The risks we take, whether technical, political, or personal, all have potential consequences if we judge them incorrectly". Starlink had been scheduled to launch at 3:10 a.m.


In a letter to the HEO directorate, Loverro stated that his resignation was due to his choice to take a risk, a choice he made "because I judged it necessary to fulfill our mission". A vital launch readiness review is planned for later this week.

Doug Loverro speaks at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana shortly after taking his place as the space agency's associate administrator for human exploration and operations in 2019.

A source familiar with the situation would not characterize the "mistake" other than to say that it involved not following rules or regulations, and that Loverro had been asked to resign.

At the end of April, NASA announced the award of lunar lander contracts to Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX, allowing them to mature their designs over the next 10 months before selecting one or more to proceed into full development.


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