Elon Musk’s company SpaceX is creating new successes in the world of space. Recently, it carried the world’s first private space mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Now once again this rocket company is about to launch a long-time astronaut crew for the ISS. This launch is to be done for the US space agency NASA. The mission includes a doctor-turned-spacewalker and a geologist.
If everything goes according to plan, three American astronauts will take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, at around 1.30 pm today. He will be accompanied by a companion from the European Space Agency (ESA). All of them will go on a mission for the next 6 months and will travel 17 hours to reach the International Space Station. According to a Reuters report, they will be carried by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
This mission, named Crew 4, is the fourth such mission of NASA, in which it is sending astronauts to the ISS using a SpaceX rocket. SpaceX began flying passengers of the US space agency for the first time in the year 2020. So far it has completed 6 manned flights to space.
Regarding the recent mission, NASA officials have said that there is a 90 percent chance of better weather at the time of lift-off. NASA’s Katherine Lieders said in a conversation with the media that we will take our crew safely into orbit.
The Commander of the Crew 4 mission is Dr. Kjell Lindgren, 49. He is also an Emergency Medicine Physician. This is his second voyage on the ISS. Earlier in the year 2015, he had spent 141 days there. He did two spacewalks during that campaign. He also took part in more than 100 science projects.
Jessica Watkins, on her first space flight as a mission expert, is a geologist. Jessica, 33, earned her doctoral degree studying the causes of landslides on Mars and Earth. The pilot of this mission is Bob Hines. 47-year-old Bob has been a pilot in the US Air Force. He has more than 3500 hours of flying experience.