NASA and SpaceX’s third manned commercial to the International Space Station (ISS) It successfully took off this Wednesday from Cape Canaveral (Florida) with four astronauts, After being postponed several times especially due to weather issues.
Approximately 22 hours after launch, if all goes as planned, the astronauts will arrive at the International Space StationWhere they will stay for six months.
The so-called SpaceX Crew-3 was launched at 21:03 ET Wednesday (2.03 GMT Thursday), from the Kennedy Space Center, on the east coast of Florida.
2 minutes and 40 seconds after take-off, The capsule where the astronauts travel and the booster rocket separation In the first stage as planned.
The mission is called Crew-3 because it is the third that SpaceX has carried out on behalf of NASA. however, This is the fifth time Elon Musk’s company has launched humans into orbit.
The mission was scheduled to leave at the end of October, but it will take off It has been postponed several times, mainly due to weather conditions Then due to a “minor health issue” of one of the astronauts, NASA did not provide more details about it.
space agency I decided to bring the Crew-2 back to Earth before Crew-3 launch. The inter-crew transfer period, which usually occurs in zero gravity, cannot be carried out for a few days.
The crew is expected to host two tourism missions: one, at the end of the year, a Japanese transported by a Soyuz spacecraft, and the other, in February 2022, a passenger of the Ax-1 mission, organized jointly by Axiom Space and SpaceX.
(with information from the EFE and AFP)