December 3, 2021

SpaceX Crew-3 is the third operational flight of the American spacecraft Crew Dragon. The SpaceX Crew-3 was launched by the Falcon 9 Block 5 from the Kennedy Space Center and transported four crew members to the International Space Station (ISS).

Mission preparation

The launch was originally scheduled for October 23, 2021, but in mid-June 2021 NASA announced a postponement of the launch to at least October 31 and the arrival of another ISS crew no earlier than mid-April 2022. 2021 at 6:43 UTC and a backup start date on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 6:21 UTC, but on October 21, it was announced that a backup start date would be used. Due to bad weather over the Atlantic, takeoff was postponed to November 3, 2021 and then several more times, first due to a minor health problem of an unnamed crew member, then due to Crew-2's preference over Crew-3's arrival at the station, and finally The takeoff took place on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 02:03:21 UTC (03:03:31 CET), the backup date was November 12 at 02:40 CET. The ship Endurance joined the ISS (the front port of the Harmony module) on the day of launch at 23:32 UTC. The crew opened the hatch and boarded the ISS less than two hours later.


Main crew: Raja Chari (1), NASA - Commander Thomas Marshburn (3), NASA - pilot Matthias Maurer (1), ESA - Flight Specialist Kayla Barronová (1), NASA - flight specialist The current number of space flights, including this mission, is shown in brackets. Backup crew: Kjell Lindgren, NASA - Commander Robert Hines, NASA - pilot Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA - flight specialist Commander Raja Chari became - practically a day exactly 40 years later - the first NASA astronaut to command the crew on his first trip into space. Most recently, the rookie was the commander of the second space shuttle, the American space shuttle Columbia. The two-day STS-2 flight took off on November 12, 1981, and its two-member crew was led by astronaut Joseph Engle.


External links

Pictures, sounds or videos on SpaceX Crew-3 on Wikimedia Commons Video from the connection of SpaceX Crew-3 to the ISS November 11, 2021, 23:32 UTC Video of the crew entering the ISS, 12 November 2021, 01:25 UTC Video from the welcoming ceremony aboard the ISS, November 12, 02:00 UTC

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