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Fourth Crew Rotation : NASA’s SpaceX

Fourth Crew Rotation : NASA’s SpaceX

SpaceX and NASA are gearing up to launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Commercial Crew Program of NASA.

  • This will be the fourth crew rotation mission and will be carrying an international crew consisting of four astronauts on a science expedition to the ISS.
  • This mission will be launched on 20th April from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.
  • The Kennedy Space Center is located in Florida.
  • The crew that will be sent aboard the ISS will be spending several months conducting various maintenance and science aboard the orbiting space station.
  • The astronauts will be returning to Earth in the fall of 2022.
  • The crew will be riding on a new Crew Dragon spacecraft and will be launched on a Falcon 9 booster.
  • As a tradition of naming a new capsule by the first riding astronauts, the crew chose the name “Freedom” to celebrate the fundamental human right.
  • After docking at the space station, the Crew-4 astronauts will be welcomed by Expedition 67’s seven-member crew.
  • Several days after Crew-4’s arrival the astronauts of the Crew-3 mission will be undocking from the ISS and will splash down off Florida’s coast.
  • The crew consists of NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, along with Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. The commander of the Crew-4 mission and the Crew Dragon spacecraft is Lindgren.

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