The new group of astronauts will go to the Earth Orbiting Laboratory for a six-month stay. This mission, named "Crew-5" (Crew-5) is carried out by SpaceX for NASA and is the fifth operational mission in the agreement of the American space agency's commercial manned program.>
The new group of astronauts will go to the Earth Orbiting Laboratory for a six-month stay. This mission, named "Crew-5" (Crew-5) is carried out by SpaceX for NASA and is the fifth operational mission in the agreement of the American space agency's commercial manned program.
This launch an hour ago at 12:00 Eastern time zone (19:30 Tehran time) on October 5 (13 Mehr) from launch pad 39A of Kennedy Space Center. Hurricane Ian passed through this area only a week ago, but the launch facility was not damaged.
After today's launch, the first stage booster of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will land on the platform about 9 minutes later. The unmanned vehicle "Just read the instructions" landed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Minutes later, with the separation of the second stage booster, the manned capsule "Dragon" of SpaceX began its independent journey to the space station. did Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada from NASA, Koichi Wakata from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian astronaut Anna Kikina are present in this spacecraft.
This SpaceX Dragon spacecraft named Endurance is expected to launch on October 6 (morning of October 15) at 16:57 EST (00:27 Tehran time) in the module Harmony" (ISS) to dock with the International Space Station for the astronauts to join the crew of the "Expedition 68" mission.
The presence of Kikina from the Russian Space Agency on this flight, according to the seat transfer agreement between NASA and Roscosmos. is done On September 1, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and two Russian astronauts went to the International Space Station by the country's Soyuz rocket, and now it's NASA's turn to make up for it. Kikina is now the first cosmonaut (Russian cosmonaut) to board the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.
The seat swap arrangement comes at a very challenging time as Russia's unprovoked war in Ukraine continues. NASA officials have so far remained relatively quiet about the war in an effort to preserve the international space-based partnership. However, the agency publicly rebuked Russia in July for using the International Space Station to promote warmongering propaganda. Regardless, changing seats doesn't look good either.
After being on the International Space Station, the Crew-5 crew conducted more than 200 scientific and technological experiments, including studies on printing human body parts in space. , will participate in an experiment to better understand the way fuel systems work on the moon and research on heart disease.
With the arrival of a new crew, the astronauts of NASA's Crew-4 mission will soon have to say goodbye to the space station. Thus, NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, and Jessica Watkins and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will return home in the coming days.
Cover photo: Falcon 9 rocket launch on Crew-5 mission
Sources: Gizmodo, Space