SpaceX launch: Four astronauts head to ISS


After a nearly two-week delay, a crew of four astronauts launched from Cape Canaveral and are poised to berth at the International Space Station. Mathias Maurer, a German astronaut, is part of the crew.

After a nearly two-week delay, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday.

Flight commander Raja Chari, 44, mission pilot Tom Marshburn, 61, and mission specialist Kayla Barron, 34, were all NASA astronauts on the Crew-3 mission. Mathias Maurer, 51, is a German national who works for the European Space Agency (ESA).

The launch vehicle consisted of a Crew Dragon capsule perched atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, built by SpaceX. The crew will arrive about 22 hours later and dock with the space station 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth. The spaceship, called Endurance, will dock with the ISS at 7:10 pm Thursday (0010 GMT on Friday). The crew will conduct research to help inform future deep space exploration.

Publish : 2021-11-11 08:01:00

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