The Dragon Endurance ship carrying the Crew-5 crew took off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 11 p.m. on October 5 (Hanoi time).
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon Endurance spacecraft leaves the launch pad. (Video: ƝASA)
SpaceX’s spacecraft began its approximately 29-hour journey to the orbiting space station. The four astronauts include NASA’s Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina.
The flight made Mann the first Native American woman to travel to the ISS and Kikina the first Russian astronaut to fly aboard a private American spacecraft. During the October 1 press conference, Kikina thanked NASA, SpaceX and Russian authorities for making the Crew-5 mission possible.
During launch, when the countdown reached zero, nine Merlin engines provided thrust to the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, moving the 70 m high rocket away from the launch pad. 2 minutes and 40 seconds later, the engine no longer worked. The upper stage of the Falcon 9 separates from the first stage. 20 minutes later, the Dragon Endurance separated from the upper deck as planned, beginning the journey to hunt for the ISS station. “The flight went very well and I saw that the remaining 3 people had happy faces when they returned to the weightless environment,” Wakata shared with Mission Control.
About 9.5 minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage landed on Just Read the Instructions, SpaceX’s unmanned ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. This is the first landing of this booster stage. The part is bright white when viewed from the launch pad instead of the black soot color like most current SpaceX rockets due to many missions.
Reusing the booster stage allows SpaceX to increase its efficiency and carry out an impressive number of launches. Crew-5 is SpaceX’s 44th launch to orbit in 2022. Crew-5 also marks the company’s 8th astronaut mission with two more missions planned before spring 2023.
Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad
Crew-5 was scheduled to launch on October 3, but NASA and SpaceX had to move the date due to Hurricane Ian.
All of the Crew-5 astronauts are new to space, except for Wakata. Crew-5 is the fifth time that Japanese astronauts have flown into orbit. According to schedule, the Dragon Endurance ship will dock with the ISS station before 4 a.m. on October 7. The astronauts will live on the ISS station for 5 months, conducting scientific experiments and many other tasks. The seven people currently aboard the ISS welcomed the quartet, four of whom participated in SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission. When the Crew-4 crew departs in a few days, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will hand over command of the ISS to Mann. She will serve in this position until the Crew-6 crew flies to the station next spring.
Previously, Crew-5 was scheduled to launch on October 3, but NASA and SpaceX had to postpone the date due to Hurricane Ian. The storm also affected NASA’s Artemis 1 Moon mission, forcing the rocket complex to leave Launch Site 39B to avoid the storm.
Article source: VnExpress
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