SpaceX Are you ready for send four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS, for its acronym in English) this Wednesday, October 5 with the mission Crew-5after the devastating passage of Hurricane Ian in Florida and Cuba.
The astronauts will travel in the Dragon Endurance spacecraft aboard the Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS. The flight was scheduled for October 3, but was delayed by the hurricane.
As reported in the report published on the website of IndiaTodaythe backup options for liftoff were Oct. 6, 8 and 9, but when Ian passed by, the Dragon spacecraft docked with the Falcon 9 rocket and moved to the launch pad.
The mission crew will consist of Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, NASA astronauts, who will serve as mission commander and pilot, respectively. They will also be Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikinaboth mission specialists.
The Crew-5 mission will launch from Launch Complex 39A. Before launch, the four astronauts performed a full rehearsal on Sunday.
Crew-5 will also see the landing of Crew-4 astronauts. NASA expressed itself in this regard in a statement: “The undocking of the Crew-4 mission from the space station agency will move day by day in conjunction with the Crew-5 launch date to allow for a planned five-day direct handover between crews.”.
The latest mission comes days after three Russian cosmonauts returned safely to Earth from the ISS. The Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft carrying Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov landed softly at a designated site in the steppes of Kazakhstan, 150 kilometers southeast of the city of Zhezkazgan.
The International Space Station is currently being operated by Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA), Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, Frank Rubio, and Jessica Watkins of NASA, and Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin of Roscosmos.