SpaceX and NASA have launched their Crew-3 mission, the fifth joint space mission with a SpaceX crew, sending the 600th man into space in 60 years. report from Space.com explains.
The Crew-3 mission launched aboard the SpaceX Falcon9 rocket on Wednesday, November 10, at 9:03 p.m. EST from historic site 39A in NASA’s Kennedy Space Center begins a 22-hour journey to the International Space Station (ISS).
The fifth mission with a SpaceX crew lights a “big candle”
Before starting, NASA tweeted this “NASA and SpaceX are lighting a big candle tonight,” in connection with the birthday of one of its astronauts, who had previously remained aboard the ISS, where the Crew-3 Dragon Capsule, carrying the four Crew-3 astronauts, is currently headed.
Crew-3 astronauts include Raja Chari of NASA, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, and Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency. German astronaut Maurer will remain the 600th man in history to reach space due to his mission, NASA announced. The crew is currently on a 22-hour flight and they will reach the ISS at approximately 19:10 EST.
The launch of Crew-3 was postponed several times due to adverse weather conditions, as well as an unspecified injury to one of the Crew-3 astronauts before the launch. The launch came just two days after Crew-2 astronauts crashed down on their return from the ISS after being treated to a great view of the aurora borealis on the return to Earth.
Space tourism is helping humanity reach its 600th space flight
The list of people to go into space includes recent additions such as William Shatner and Jeff Bezos, who traveled to space aboard space tourism expeditions – after all. The FAA has just announced that they are not officially considered astronauts. Maurer is the 600th man to reach space in 60 years since human spaceflight began with the first astronaut in history Yuri Gagarin, in 1961
The cadence of human launches will continue to increase only with space tourism, and SpaceX launches heat up in the coming months and years. In a tweet shortly after the launch of Crew-3, NASA said “ttake-off at night marks the fastest turning point in the history of human spaceflight,“Because the new mission started just two days after the space agency’s Crew-2 astronauts returned to Earth.
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 11, 2021
SpaceX has already fired a total of five launches with crew its first launch, Demo-2, on May 30, 2020, the first manned launch from US soil in nine years since the end of NASA’s space shuttle program. The company has already launched three fully operational launches for NASA, as well as a launch for all-civilian space tourism. called Inspiration4 which orbits the Earth for four days in September.
The latest launch, Crew-3, sends Air Force Colonel Raja Chari, the first space rookie in decades to lead a mission to the ISS for NASA, as well as Dr. Thomas Marshburn, 61, the oldest living person on board. space station and take a space walk. The crew, which also includes Kayla Barron, a lieutenant in the Washington Navy, will spend six months aboard the ISS before returning to Earth.