NASA has announced a new launch date for SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission, which will carry four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), according to digital trend.
Conditions permitting, NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, along with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer, will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, October 30.
The launch will be the fourth manned mission using SpaceX hardware after launching the company’s first astronauts in the summer of 2020 with NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying Crew-3 astronauts is expected to take about 22 hours to reach the International Space Station.
The upcoming astronauts will live and work alongside Crew-2 astronauts before returning home in November after six months in orbit.
Crew-3 members will also remain aboard the orbital outpost for six months, returning to Earth in April 2022.
Marshbourne is the only member of Crew 3 to have previously traveled to space, has flown on the space shuttle and participated in four spacewalks across two missions to the International Space Station.
Chari has extensive experience flying with the US Air Force and has participated in combat missions in Iraq. Barron graduated from the US Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering and is also a qualified submarine warfare officer, both of whom were selected by NASA in 2017.
Maurer, of Germany, has received several national awards for his outstanding research in materials science, and in 2016 he spent 16 days underwater, testing exploration strategies and tools for future Mars missions.
And earlier this year, Maurer provided a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for life on the International Space Station, also revealing a specific skill astronauts must learn before they go — one you might not have considered before.
And NASA’s schedule planning doesn’t stop with the Crew-3 mission, with NASA targeting April 15, 2022, to launch SpaceX’s Crew-4 to the space station.
As it stands, the Crew-4 features NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Bob Hines, along with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and the remaining crew member has not been announced.
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