Three astronauts from the US space agency and one from the European one will travel to the International Space Station on Wednesday aboard a spacecraft from the private company SpaceX for a six-month scientific mission.
Finally, after several postponements, the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, with the Endurance spacecraft attached to its upper end, was confirmed for November 10, “not before” 09:03 at night, from the Space Center. Kennedy of Cape Canaveral.
Onboard the ship will travel two men, Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn, and a woman, Kayla Barron, from NASA, together with the German Matthias Maurer, from ESA.
The trip to the ISS will take almost 24 hours. The Endurance is expected to dock on the ISS at 07:10 AM on November 11.
As reported by SpaceX, there is an 80% chance that the weather conditions will be favorable for launch.
The four astronauts of the Crew-3 mission will occupy the posts left by the four Crew-2 crew members on the ISS, who returned to Earth this Monday night after six months.
Raja Chari is the commander of the new mission, Tom Marshburn, the pilot, and Kayla Barron and Matthias Maurer, the specialists.
The Crew-3 mission has been postponed several times, due to bad weather conditions, a “minor” health problem for one of the astronauts, and the need to send Crew-2 back to Earth beforehand. made this Monday.
“These are dynamic and complex decisions that change day by day. The weather in November can be challenging and our goal is to go ahead with the plan with the best guarantees of mission fulfillment and astronaut safety,” said Steve Stich, manager. from NASA’s Commercial Crews Program.