Space X to launch fifth human mission to International Space Station

At 11 am (12 pm ET) this Wednesday, October 5, Space X and NASA will launch their fifth human mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Crew Crew-5 It will depart from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A), located at NASA’s Kennedy Station in Florida.

This release will be the fifth operational flight of a spacecraft Crew Dragonthe seventh manned flight to the ISS and the eighth manned overall.

The mission was planned to launch in August 2022, but was first pushed back to September 29 and later to this Wednesday. At a press conference on Monday night, mission engineers learned three “minor issues” that need to be resolved before takeoff.

Nevertheless, NASA has already approved the launch of the mission: “The launch readiness review has been completed,” NASA reported on the space mission blog.

The crew consists of Nicole Mann, Josh Cassada, Koichi Wakata, and Anna Kikina. The four will travel in the spacecraft Dragon using the Falcon 9 launcher

On his flight to the space station, Dragon It will perform various maneuvers that will gradually bring the spacecraft closer to the station. To land you will have to do a joining maneuver, followed by pressurizing the vestibule, opening the hatches and finally the entry of the crew to the station.

When the members of Crew 5 arrive at the International Space Station, will carry out more than 200 experiments and technological demonstrations dedicated to human health and the development of lunar fuel systems.

You can see the live launch here:

(With information from Brandon Celaya)

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