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Riyadh Newspaper |  NASA postpones the Dragon capsule's flight into space

Riyadh Newspaper | NASA postpones the Dragon capsule’s flight into space

NASA postpones the Dragon capsule’s flight into space

The launch of the “Dragon” capsule has been postponed for the third time

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has again announced the postponement of the Dragon capsule’s flight to the International Space Station.

The agency added that the capsule, carrying German astronaut Matthias Maurer, is expected to go, accompanied by three NASA colleagues, namely: Thomas Marshburne, Raja Shari and Kayla Baron from the Cape Canaveral International Space Station in Florida next Monday. NASA added that a final decision in this regard is expected in the coming days.

Last Monday, NASA announced that the flight would not be launched as scheduled for Wednesday due to a “small health problem for one of the crew members,” and added that “the problem is not a medical emergency nor is it related to Covid-19 disease.”

NASA had planned to launch the flight last Sunday, but postponed it to Wednesday due to bad weather.

If the flight is carried out, Maurer will be the first German to return to space in three years, the twelfth German in the history of space flights, the fourth German to reside on the International Space Station, and the first German to go to space, accompanied by the Dragon crew.

It is reported that the Dragon capsule was developed by SpaceX, a private company owned by businessman Elon Musk.

The astronauts will conduct experiments at an altitude of about 400 km over a period of six months, in addition to completing a field mission.

The last German astronaut to travel into space was Alexander Gerst, in 2018.

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