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Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station, all ready to depart on October 5

On October 5th, a new crew will be sent to the International Space Station thanks to the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, so the Crew-5 mission will be to make an appearance now that the specter of the last tropical storm seems to have finally disappeared. Crew members who will participate in NASA’s upcoming SpaceX mission have arrived at the launch site and, as usual, are scheduled to take off from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, the day after tomorrow, October 5. With preparations in the final stages, the four astronauts who will fly the Falcon 9 rocket will be NASA’s Nicole Mann and Josh Casada, Japan’s Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina, part of the exchange program so far. with Russia. It seems strange given the historical moment, but it is nonetheless an exchange agreement that the two countries made during the era of the space shuttle program. By doing so, the two space agencies have ensured that there is always an American cosmonaut and a Russian cosmonaut aboard the station, something that arose in order to keep the space station operating at full capacity at all times. The quartet arrived at the site last Saturday by plane from Ellington Field, near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they were positioned in preparation. In fact, they were initially supposed to be in KSC, but as events of these days tell us, NASA and SpaceX had to postpone the launch scheduled for last October 3 due to the recent hurricane, the same thing that frustrated the departure of Artemis I send: NASA preferred a precautionary way The SLS rocket has moved back into the Vehicle Assembly Building and now the first lunar mission since the Apollo program will likely be pushed back until at least November. Meanwhile, Hurricane Ian moved northeast away from Florida and lost strength as it moved along the land. Once at the International Space Station, crew members from the Crew-5 mission will participate in a handover ceremony with astronauts from NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission. After the cohabitation period, Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and Samantha Cristoforetti will leave the space station (on a date yet to be determined) to return to Earth in a mist of water off the coast of Florida. We leave you with the link to the live stream of the Crew-5 mission, which will begin at 2.30pm as indicated by SpaceX on its Youtube channel.

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