Washington | On Saturday, the US space agency (NASA) and SpaceX announced the postponement of the launch of the rocket that was scheduled to send four astronauts to the International Space Station to avoid a “big storm system.”
The crew of the “Crew-3” mission was scheduled to take off on Sunday aboard the Crew Dragon capsule called “Endurance”, attached to a Falcon 9 rocket, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The launch will finally take place on Wednesday at 1:10 a.m. local time (5:10 GMT), and “Crew-3 will arrive at the space station that same evening at approximately 11:00 p.m. (03:00 GMT Thursday),” NASA said. She said.
It added that it would then embark on a “short delivery with astronauts who have traveled to the station as part of an agency mission called SpaceX Crew-2,” including Frenchman Thomas Pesquet, who has been on the International Space Station since April.
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Falcon 9 rocket.
If the launch turns out to be impossible again on Wednesday, SpaceX said on its website that there is “possibility to rest” on Thursday, November 4.
The Crew-3 mission, the third regular manned mission offered by SpaceX on behalf of NASA, is part of a multi-billion dollar contract that the US agency signed with private company Elon Musk after ending its space shuttle program in 2011.
The Crew-3 crew will spend six months in orbit and conduct research aimed at facilitating future distant space explorations or bringing useful knowledge to life on Earth.
The assignment includes an experiment to grow plants in space without soil or other growing substrate. The other is aimed at the manufacture of optical fibers in microgravity, which, according to research already carried out, can give them a higher quality than those produced in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Crew 3 astronauts will also take a spacewalk to complete the renovation of the International Space Station’s solar panels and will host two tourism missions: the Japanese brought in by the Russian Soyuz spacecraft at the end of the year, and then the passengers on the Space-X Axiom mission, scheduled for February 2022.
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