Ships leave NH harber to keep an eye on SpaceX launch to space station
Posted by David Brooks | Tuesday, May 15, 2012
From the Portsmouth Herald: The Liberty Star and Freedom Star left the Port of New Hampshire early Tuesday morning, headed out to sea for this weekend’s SpaceX launch.
Both NASA ships left port around 8 a.m. and will head to different support locations in the North Atlantic to help document the upcoming mission, according to Kathy Barnstorff, media relations specialist for NASA.
The teams aboard the two NASA ships are preparing to capture high-definition video and thermal imagery of the SpaceX launch, which involves a Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon capsule climbing through the atmosphere en route to the space station.
SpaceX, as I'm sure you know, is trying to be the first private spacecraft to make it to the space station. Its launch has been delayed, but should happen later this week.
The Russians just launched a three-man team to the space station.