UNITED STATES: The Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will launch on Monday, October 3, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Astronauts Nicole Mann (mission commander), Josh Cassada (pilot), Koichi Wakata (mission specialist), Anna Kikina (mission specialist), and Koichi Wakata (mission specialist) of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) will all travel to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission.
They will go in the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft, which will be put into orbit atop a fresh Falcon 9 rocket. The four-person crew will spend up to six months on the ISS before returning to Earth. They will join the seven-person Expedition 68 crew.
The crew will participate in more than 200 science experiments and technological displays while they are on board the ISS. According to NASA, the experiments will investigate ways to print human organs in space, learn how lunar fuel systems work, and develop a better understanding of heart disease.
NASA’s fifth crew rotation mission to the ISS with SpaceX will be Crew-5. Additionally, it will be SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft’s sixth voyage carrying passengers as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
Upon arrival, SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance will dock with the Harmony module of the ISS. Several days after the arrival of Crew-5, astronauts from NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission, which launched back in April, will undock from the space station and splash down off the coast of Florida.
Recently, SpaceX flighted the second set of its Starlink internet-beaming satellites into orbit. At 7:32 p.m. (Sep 24) EDT, the 230-foot Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 40 for the Space Coast’s 42nd launch of
the year. It was the 181st flight overall for the corporation and the 62nd mission specifically for Starlink, 177 of which were carried out by Falcon 9.