Four new NASA astronauts will replace a crew that landed in the Gulf of Mexico on November 8. They will work in orbit until April 2022.
The latest group of astronauts sent to the International Space Station, which includes three people from NASA and a German crew member, took off as planned on a SpaceX rocket on November 11, despite rain and clouds at the Florida launch pad.
According to Reuters, the launch vehicle built by SpaceX, including the Crew Dragon capsule mounted atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, took off at 9 a.m. on November 11 (Vietnam time) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape. Canaveral, Florida. If all goes well, three American astronauts and one from the European Space Agency (ESA) will dock at the space station 400km from Earth to begin a six-month science mission in orbit after about 22 minutes. flight time.
After a series of weather delays and a delay earlier this month attributed to an unspecified medical problem for the astronauts, the rocket was successfully launched.Joining the NASA astronauts of the SpaceX mission – commander Raja Chari, 44, pilot Tom Marshburn, 61, and technical expert Kayla Barron, 34 – are German astronaut Matthias Maurer, 51 , an ESA expert.
Chari is a fighter jet pilot and test pilot for the US Air Force, Barron is a submarine officer and nuclear engineer for the US Navy, and Maurer, a materials science engineer, is all working on these missions. their first space flight. These three rookies will become the 599th, 600th and 601th people to fly into space, according to SpaceX. Both Chari and Barron were also among the first group of 18 astronauts selected last year for NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions to the moon.
Marshburn, a physicist and former NASA surgeon who is the most experienced astronaut on the crew, has been on two previous spaceflights and has had four spacewalks. He was part of a 13-member team that helped assemble the space station in 2009 and return to orbit on a 2012-2013 mission.
In addition to bringing these 4 astronauts to the space station, SpaceX’s rocket also carries nearly 200kg of cargo including nearly 70kg of research and scientific experiments.