NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Launches to International Space Station

Source National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationNASA Official: Brian Dunbar


Welcome to the International Space Station, Crew-5!
Media   During a sun-splashed afternoon on Florida’s Space Coast, NASA astronauts Nicole Aunapu Mann and Josh Cassada, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, blasted off from Kennedy Space Center at 12 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 5, for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission. After a 29-hour journey in orbit, the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft carrying the Crew-5 crewmates docked autonomously to the station’s Harmony module at 5:01 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 6.
The Crew-5 mission marks the first spaceflight for Mann, Cassada, and Kikina, and the fifth for Wakata. This is the sixth SpaceX flight with NASA astronauts – including the Demo-2 test flight in 2020 to the space station – as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
Crew-5 is scheduled for a long-duration stay of up to six months aboard the space station before returning to Earth in the spring of 2023. During their mission, the crew members will conduct scientific research in areas such as cardiovascular health, bioprinting, and fluid behavior in microgravity that will both benefit life on Earth and help us prepare for human exploration farther into space.

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