Crew-3 Mission Launches For International Space Station On Wednesday, 11/10/2021
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We have lift-off! SpaceX Crew 3 launches to the International Space Station inside a Dragon capsule, named Endurance on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, in the video published on Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021, “SpaceX Crew 3 Rocket Launches! (Watch it here)“, below:
For SpaceX Crew-3, excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
SpaceX Crew-3 is the third operational NASA Commercial Crew flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the fourth crewed flight for the commercial programme of the NASA. The mission successfully launched on 11 November 2021 at 02:03:31 UTC. At a NASA briefing held on 2 May 2021, Steve Stich, program manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said Crew-3 will use a new Crew Dragon which was later named Endurance. As such, it is the first time rookie astronauts are flying on a new Crew Dragon. This launch has also brought the total number of humans ever been to space to more than 600.
Crew Dragon capsules so far have been given names by their initial crews — Endeavour for the first, and Resilience for the second. On 7 October 2021, it was announced that the third capsule will be called Endurance. Astronaut Chari said that the name honors the SpaceX and NASA teams that built the spacecraft and trained the astronauts who will fly it. Those workers endured through a pandemic. The name also honors the ship used by Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The three-masted vessel sank in 1915 after being bound in ice before reaching Antarctica.
The third SpaceX operational mission in the Commercial Crew Program was originally scheduled to launch on 31 October 2021. However, it was delayed to 3 November 2021 due to unfavorable weather in the Atlantic Ocean, and then further delayed to 7 November 2021 due to a minor medical issue with one of the astronauts. Due to expected bad weather, it was again delayed to 9 November 2021.
Due to the delays, NASA was considering returning the astronauts from Crew-2 before Crew-3 launches, thus being the first Crew Dragon indirect handover of space station crews. According to NASA, the agency decided to bring home the Crew 2 astronauts from the ISS before launching their replacements. SpaceX Crew-2 departed the station on 8 November 2021 and splashed down on 9 November 2021. The launch of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission from Cape Canaveral follows on 11 November 2021 at 02:03 UTC. This launch has an instantaneous launch window. A backup opportunity was also available on 12 November 2021 at 01:40 UTC, and another on 13 November 2021 at 01:18 UTC.
The European segment of the mission is called “Cosmic Kiss”.
On Wednesday, November 10 at 9:03 p.m. EST, 2:03 UTC on November 11, SpaceX and NASA launched Dragon’s third long-duration operational crew mission (Crew-3) to the International Space Station from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the “A Shortfall of Gravitas” droneship. On Thursday, November 11 at approximately 7:10 p.m. EST, 00:10 UTC on November 12, Dragon will autonomously dock with the space station. Follow Dragon and the Crew-3 astronauts during their flight to the International Space Station at spacex.com/launches, in the video published on Nov 10, 2021, “Crew-3 Mission | Coast“, below:
4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission launched to the International Space Station after nearly two weeks of delays, in the video published on Nov 10, 2021, “WATCH: SpaceX Crew-3 Launches For International Space Station“, below:
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission lifts off to the International Space Station on a Falcon 9 rocket, in the video streamed on Nov 10, 2021, “LIVE: NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission lifts off to the International Space Station“, below:
Watch live coverage as SpaceX and NASA launch four astronauts of the Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for 9:03 pm ET, in the video streamed on Nov 10, 2021, “LIVE: SpaceX launches Crew-3 mission to ISS | NBC News“, below:
SpaceX Crew 3 wave goodbye to family and friends and take a ride in Teslas to the launch pad, as they get ready to take a trip to the International Space Station, in the video published on Nov 10, 2021, “SpaceX Crew 3 ride Teslas to launch pad“, below:
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