CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has chosen rookie astronaut Kayla Barron as its fourth crew to fly on SpaceX’s upcoming Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station.
Barron will join NASA astronauts Raja Chari (who will serve as the mission’s commander) and Tom Marshburn (who will serve as a pilot), as well as European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer (who will do the same). As Mission Specialist ). Barron will also act as Mission Specialist.
The Crew-3 is scheduled to launch Oct. 23 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida if everything goes as planned. Four astronauts will fly aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket riding a brand new Crew Dragon spacecraft.
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NASA’s original hope was to assign a fourth seat to Russian astronauts. But the agency failed to reach a deal with Roscosmos in time.
Barron, who was commander of the US Navy when NASA selected her to join the astronaut squad in 2017, will explode on her first space flight. The Crew-3 mission will be the first flight of Chari and Maurer Marshburn, the The only veteran astronaut on board. Has visited the space station twice.
Four will spend about six months on the International Space Station as members of the Expedition 66 crew, conducting research and relief for all four Crew-2 astronauts that launched in April. The crew made history as the first to ride a recycled Dragon. But for this flight, SpaceX created a new capsule.
Crew-3 marks the third operational mission for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and for NASA’s commercial crew program after two months of testing Demo-2 flights with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in May 2020 and the Crew mission. -1 that delivered the first ship A group of four astronauts will go to the space station for six months. NASA has contracted SpaceX for at least six Crew Dragon flights, with additional options depending on the program’s future needs.
While the Crew-3 may be the next astronaut flight for NASA, SpaceX will bring another crew up in September. That mission, called Inspiration4, will be the first civilian crew to fly into space. A group of four spacecraft — Jared Issacman, Sian Proctor, Hayley Arceneaux and Chris Sembroski — will blast off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on a three-day flight around the world.
Just a month later, Crew-3 will head to the International Space Station.
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