SpaceX launches Crew-5 mission for NASA

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  • SpaceX launched four people to the International Space Station from Florida on Wednesday, as Elon Musk’s company keeps up a steady pace of crewed missions.
  • Known as Crew-5, the mission for NASA will bring the group up to the ISS for a six-month stay in orbit. The mission is SpaceX’s fifth operational crew launch for NASA to date, and the company’s eighth human spaceflight in just over two years.
  • Crew-5 got off the ground shortly after noon ET, beginning an estimated 29-hour journey to dock with the ISS. The mission brings the number of astronauts SpaceX has launched to 30, including both government and private missions, since its first crewed launch in May 2020.
  • The Crew-5 mission consists of two American, one Japanese and one Russian astronaut. These include NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, who will serve as mission commander and pilot. Japan Airspace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos astronaut Anna Kikina will serve as mission specialists.
  • With the help of a Falcon-9 rocket, Crew Dragon Endurance will reach the International Space Station at a speed of 17,500 mph. By reaching space, Crew-5 will do more than 200 science experiments.
  • This launch has been done under an exchange deal between NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The Falcon-9 rocket’s top Dragon spacecraft has been launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 
  • This spacecraft has been sent by a rocket named Falcon 9. This rocket is of about 23 floors. Roscosmos chief Krikalev said that the cooperation between the two in the International Space Station will continue until 2024, and Russia can extend it if it wants. NASA wants the cooperation of both the countries in this matter to continue till 2030.

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