The next SpaceX Dragon Crew launch is set to proceed as scheduled on Oct. 31, Halloween day. Not so surprisingly, NASA seemed to have no superstitions regarding this date. Will it have an effect, though?
SpaceX to launch Dragon Crew again
On the exact date of Halloween, SpaceX is set to launch the renowned Dragon crew capsule into space.
The SpaceX's Dragon crew made history this year being the first launch mission using a commercially-built and operated U.S. spacecraft.
On Monday, NASA announced that the crew known as Crew-1 will soon have its 'Halloween' launch date. The team will be using a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida that will fly at the exact time of 2:40 a.m. ET (11:40 p.m. PT on Oct. 30).
Florida Today said this night will unveil a full moon-- adding factor to the spooky night.
After launch of Crew Dragon’s first operational mission with astronauts on board, SpaceX will launch its 21st cargo resupply mission to the ISS – the first to use the upgraded version of Dragon outfitted for cargo missions pic.twitter.com/Bml6bGLgzV — SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 29, 2020
Interestingly, the original schedule of the SpaceX Dragon Crew launch was meant on Oct. 23. However, NASA moved the schedule due to issues at the International Space Station.
Are there any 'space beliefs' on flying in Halloween day?
The Halloween day is not such a superstitious day for astronauts of the Dragon Crew. In fact, one of them points out that the day was perfect for their launch date.
"I was very happy that it didn't move to November or December. The work that it has taken to get to this point with all of the things going on in the world, the difficulty of training and creating this hardware and software, the fact that we're still able to launch this fall is amazing and a testament to this great team," Victor Glover told FLORIDA TODAY.
Who's ready to see the Dragon Crew celebrate 'Halloween day'?
Written by Jamie Pancho