SpaceX mission led by an Indian astronaut docks with the International Space Station
Washington [US], Nov 12 (ANI): A new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts including Indian-born Raja Chari docked to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the company’s Crew-3 mission successfully at the orbital laboratory Thursday, She said.
NASA astronauts Shari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer arrived at the International Space Station at 6:32 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA said in a statement.
Crew Dragon Endurance docked at the orbital complex while the spacecraft was flying 260 miles over the eastern Caribbean Sea.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission lifted off at 9:03 p.m. on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the agency’s third crew rotation mission.
Shari, Marshburn, Baron, and Maurer will join the Expedition 66 crew consisting of NASA’s Mark Vande Hay and astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Piotr Dubrov from Roscosmos on a planned six-month mission to live and work aboard the Microgravity Laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of From NASA’s lunar and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.
Crew-3 astronauts will spend approximately six months aboard the space station conducting exciting new scientific research in areas such as materials science, health technologies and plant sciences to prepare for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit and benefit life on Earth.
The Crew-3 mission continues NASA’s efforts to restore and maintain American leadership in human spaceflight. Regular, long-term commercial crew rotation missions enable NASA to continue important research and technical investigations on board the station.
Research like this benefits people on Earth and lays the foundation for future exploration of the Moon and Mars, beginning with the agency’s Artemis missions, which include landing the first woman and person of color on the Moon. (Ani)