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4 Astronauts Poised to Reach ISS Aboard SpaceX Rocket on August 25th

4 Astronauts Poised to Reach ISS Aboard SpaceX Rocket on August 25th
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A quartet of astronauts is poised to embark on an extraordinary journey to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, accompanied by the company’s Dragon spacecraft. The highly-anticipated NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission is scheduled for takeoff on August 25th.

This mission encountered a slight delay due to the need for additional preparation time after a recent Falcon Heavy mission’s departure from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. However, this adjustment also brings the advantage of maximizing consecutive launch opportunities while efficiently coordinating the station’s cargo spacecraft traffic schedule.

The Crew-7 team comprises a diverse group of spacefarers, including NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov. Together, they will embark on their journey to the ISS, where they are scheduled to dock at the station’s Harmony module on Saturday, August 26th.

NASA has thoughtfully planned for alternative launch opportunities on August 26-27, ensuring flexibility and readiness for any unforeseen circumstances. Meanwhile, exciting activities are also planned on the ISS, with two cosmonauts, Commander Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin, preparing for the year’s 10th spacewalk on August 9th. Their mission involves installing micrometeoroid orbital debris shields and relocating hardware outside the orbiting laboratory.