LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX launched the company’s Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft roared off Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at midday Eastern Time Wednesday.
Shortly after the liftoff, NASA confirmed the principle engine cutoff and stage separation.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket accomplished its descent and efficiently landed on SpaceX’s drone ship, Just Read the Instructions, off the coast of Florida.
The Dragon Endurance spacecraft has separated from the second stage, and headed to the ISS.
The mission carries NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, together with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina to the ISS.
NASA stated the crew has safely reached orbit. The spacecraft will dock with the area station at roughly 4:57 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday.
During their time on the orbiting laboratory, the crew will conduct over 200 science experiments and expertise demonstrations in areas akin to human well being and lunar gas methods, in accordance with SpaceX.
After the Dragon spacecraft docks to the orbiting lab, one other 4 station crew members, the Crew-4 mission, will finish their mission and return to Earth simply over per week later, in accordance with NASA.
The Crew-4 mission will undock from the area station and splash down off the coast of Florida.