Video: Bermuda Mentioned During Launch

October 11, 2022

Bermuda was mentioned during NASA’s recent SpaceX Crew-5 rocket launch, with the island’s tracking station — which is located in the east end — playing its part in the mission.

The NASA website said, “The crew members assigned to NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission are in orbit following their launch to the International Space Station noon EDT Wednesday, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The international crew will serve as the agency’s fifth commercial crew rotation mission with SpaceX aboard the orbital laboratory.

Excerpt from the live stream where they mention the Bermuda station:

“A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Dragon Endurance spacecraft into orbit carrying NASA astronauts Nicole Mann as mission commander, and Josh Cassada, pilot. JAXA [Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency] astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, also aboard the Dragon, will serve as mission specialists for their science expedition in microgravity aboard the space station.

“Crew-5 will spend several months aboard the space station conducting new scientific research in areas, such as cardiovascular health, bioprinting, and fluid behavior in microgravity to prepare for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and to benefit life on Earth.”

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched, ohoto via NASA/Joel Kowsky

spacex crew 5 launch October 5 2022

The tracking station is located on Cooper’s Island in the east end, and at the ribbon cutting ceremony in 2018, a spokesperson said, “The tracking station will assist NASA in monitoring current and future missions, including the use of launch vehicles, which are designed to deliver satellites and rockets into orbit and supplies to the International Space Station,” a spokesperson explained.

“Bermuda has been a long-time partner with NASA dating back to the Mercury Project and the Apollo lunar program in the 1960s, when Bermuda hosted a radar tracking station that monitored the progress of spacecraft lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the same location as the new facility.”

The NASA tracking station on Cooper’s Island, Bermuda

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