After a delay and a quick adjustment, the NASA and SpaceX Crew-3 mission launch now has a date set in stone, meaning you can soon catch a crewed mission blast off into space live from the comfort of your web browser.
The upcoming launch is a collaborative science mission between NASA and SpaceX, shooting four astronauts up into space and docking with the International Space Station. The astronauts will board the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft, marking its third crew rotation with the ISS and its fourth mission to space.
The astronauts that’ll be saying goodbye to Earth’s gravity for a long six months are mission commander Raja Chari, pilot Tom Marshburn, mission specialist Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut and mission specialist Matthias Maurer. They will stay aboard the ISS for half a year, returning in April 2022. Members of the Crew-2 mission (which left in April) will soon return to Earth from the ISS, although no earlier than November 7. It’s the changing of the guard.
Just days ago, NASA and SpaceX had to run through a last-minute adjustment to the *checks notes* toilet of the Crew-3 spacecraft, after it was found to be leaking urine into the fan system – thankfully, this has been fixed.
What time is the Crew-3 mission launch?
The Endurance spacecraft was originally scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on October 31, but weather conditions delayed the launch. NASA on Monday announced it was rescheduled to Wednesday, November 3, but the launch is now paused after reports of a medical issue impacting a crew member.
We’ll update you once new launch details are confirmed.