NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 reaches the International Space Station

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches a Dragon spacecraft with members of Crew-5 on board. Credit: NASA / Joel Kowsky

Milton Keynes, October 10, 2022. – NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) after launching Wednesday from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said. The crew is the fifth commercial crew rotation mission launched in partnership with SpaceX.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon Endurance spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Nicole Mann (mission commander) and Josh Cassada (pilot). JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina were also aboard the Dragon. The latter two will serve as mission specialists aboard the space station.

While there, Crew-5 will conduct more than 200 science experiments and technology demonstrations, including printing human organs in space. The mission is the first spaceflight for Mann, Cassada and Kikina, while it is the fifth for Wakata.

During Dragon’s flight, SpaceX monitored a series of automatic spacecraft maneuvers while NASA teams monitored space station operations. Dragon autonomously docked with the station’s Harmony module, followed by a crew welcome ceremony aboard the orbital outpost.

Crew-5 joined the space station’s Expedition 68 crew of NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, Frank Rubio and Jessica Watkins, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and cosmonauts by Roscosmos Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin. Crew-4 members Hines Lindgren, Watkins, and Cristoforetti are scheduled to return to Earth in the coming days.

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