NASA and SpaceX are sending astronauts back into space. Crew-4 mission is underway to deliver four people to the International Space Station. This is the fourth such flight by a commercial operator for the US agency.
Crew 4, ride on the International Space Station
Four astronauts fly to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Three of them are Americans: Kiel N. Lindgren – mission leader, Robert Haynes – pilot and Jessica Watkins – specialist. Italian Samantha Cristoforetti will travel with them to the most important laboratory in the world on behalf of the European Space Agency.
It is planned to start around 9:55 Polish time. This is the fourth mission to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station that it is undertaking for NASA SpaceX. Previously, one experimental mission was carried out, and yesterday the first commercial mission was completed, thanks to which a fully commercial crew flew to the International Space Station. The return of the mission was postponed due to technical problems. However, on April 25, we were able to watch videos of the successful launch of the vehicle off the coast of the United States.
SpaceX and NASA praise Ukraine
The week of SpaceX and Elon Musk is very busy. The Dragon capsule returned to Earth only on April 25, and today the second of it, a completely new one, called Freedom (Freedom), is flying into space. The company used to leave the choice of name to the first crew to use the vehicle. Four cosmonauts decided to use this name to draw attention, among others, to the war in Ukraine.
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