Archive photo of the Falcon 9 rocket. EFE / EPA / CRISTOBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH
NASA and SpaceX’s third manned business trip to the International Space Station (ISS) The Florida Cape Canaveral successfully departed this Wednesday with four astronauts. Especially after being postponed several times due to the weather.
Approximately Twenty-two hours after launch, if all goes according to plan, the astronauts will arrive at the ISS, Where they will be for six months.
A team of NASA American astronauts Raja Sari, Tom Marshburn and Kyla Barron and the European Space Agency’s German Matthias Maurer (ESA, in English).
Last October 31, in anticipation of takeoff, four astronauts repeatedly postponed a flight that affected one of the astronauts due to weather and a minor medical problem.
NASA President Bill Nelson attended the launch on Wednesday night
The so-called SpaceX Crew-3 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the east coast of Florida on Wednesday (Thursday, 2.03 GMT) at 21:03 EST.
Departure in 2 minutes 40 seconds, The astronauts’ capsule and booster rocket were separated In the first phase as planned.
The Dragon capsule continued its voyage, while the Falcon 9 rocket returned autonomously to an unmanned and stationed base in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX Crew-3 members will release the crew of SpaceX Crew-2, Americans Shane Kimpro and Megan McArthur, Japanese Akihiko Hosheid and Frenchman Thomas Pesket, who returned successfully this Monday.
This mission is called Crew-3 because it is the third mission undertaken by SpaceX on behalf of NASA. However, This is the fifth time that Elon Musk’s company has put humans into orbit.
Prior to Crew-1 and Crew-2, a test mission (demo-2) sent two astronauts to the ISS. In September, SpaceX sent four astronauts into space for three days, independent of NASA.
All four consume large amounts of frozen dried fruits and vegetables (pumpkin, cabbage …) as well as fish called paramundi.
For American Tom Marshburn, this is the third time he is going into space. It has already flown on a space shuttle in 2009 and then on a Russian Soyuz rocket in 2012-2013. The other three astronauts will travel for the first time
SpaceX’s Crew-3 spacecraft took off with four astronauts to the International Space Station.
The mission was scheduled to depart at the end of October, but departed Postponed several times, mainly due to weather Then to one of the astronauts’ “minor health problem”, NASA did not give much detail about it.
Space company Decided to bring the Crew-2 team back to Earth Launches Crew-3. The transfer period between the two groups, which usually takes place at zero gravity for a few days, could not be carried out.
German astronaut Matthias Marrer spoke to his family via tablet before boarding the rocket.
The astronauts will spend six months in an orbital outpost to conduct in-depth space exploration and research into future life on Earth.
Astronauts will conduct spacewalks, especially to continue installing new solar panels on the ISS
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The group is expected to make two excursions: One, at the end of the year, was carried by the Japanese by the Soyuz spacecraft, and the other, in February 2022, by the passengers of the Ax-1 mission organized by Axiom Space in association with SpaceX.