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“Space X” sends four astronauts to the International Space Station. This flight, which was scheduled for Thursday, was postponed due to “unfavorable weather conditions” until Friday at 05.49 (09.49 GMT).
SpaceX is sending four astronauts, including Frenchman Thomas Pescet, to the International Space Station on Friday, the third mission of its kind carried out by this private company since the United States resumed manned flights into space.
The flight, which was scheduled for Thursday, was postponed due to “unfavorable weather conditions” to Friday at 05.49 (09.49 GMT), from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The crew of four crew members for the Crew-2 mission, which includes Thomas Pisque of the European Space Agency, American astronauts Shane Kimbroh, Megan MacArthur and Japanese Akihiko Hoshide, left at 02.20 (0630 GMT), saying goodbye to loved ones before boarding in three “Tesla” cars. White, which has become a tradition for “SpaceX”, she took them to the launch pad.
And with three Russians in it, the station will be unusually crowded, with at least 11 people.
Not a routine
The European Space Agency called the mission “Alpha”, referring to “Alpha Centaur”, the star system closest to our solar system.
The “SpaceX” company, founded by Elon Musk, is cooperating with “NASA” in the field of space transportation, at a time when the “Starliner” of the “Boeing” company is accumulating delays in its test flights.
This is the third time that SpaceX has sent people to the International Space Station under a multi-billion dollar contract with NASA.
The success of the first manned test flight of “SpaceX” in May 2020 ended the Russian monopoly on flights to the International Space Station and restored the ability for Americans to complete this work after the end of the “Shuttle” space shuttle program in 2011.
“When it comes to preparing for the operation, it became easier as it is the third time,” said Daniel Forstel, a NASA director of take-off operations.
“I would not describe space travel as a routine matter, but rather a more appropriate word,” he added.
This flight will reuse the engine used in the first unmanned experimental mission, and the “Crow Dragon” spacecraft will be the same that was used for the manned test flight last May.
Thomas Pescet had told reporters that his presence confirmed Europe’s involvement in the invasion of space.
The French astronaut said, “It is important for us as a (space) agency because we have been part of the International Space Station program for 20 years and we intend to participate in what will happen next,” referring to the program of manned flights to the moon, “Artemis”.
German Matthias Maurer will be the next European to take part in the “Space X” mission this fall, followed by Italian Samanta Cristoforetti next spring.
The four astronauts will meet the crew of “Crew-1” for a few days before returning to Earth.
During its six-month mission, the team will be responsible for conducting nearly 100 scientific experiments. One of the favorites, according to Thomas Pisquet, is to examine the effects of weightlessness on brain organelles (tiny brains built in the laboratory).
Scientists hope that this research will help space agencies prepare for missions during which astronauts will face difficulties in space for long periods of time, and even help fight brain diseases on Earth.
Another important mission goal is to generate solar power for the plant by installing new compact panels that roll like a huge yoga mat.
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