SpaceX’s Crew-5 astronaut mission for NASA is scheduled to depart the Worldwide Area Station on Thursday (March 9), and you may watch the motion stay.
A SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying the Crew-5 quartet — NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, cosmonaut Anna Kikina and Japan’s Koichi Wakata — is scheduled to undock from the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) at 5:05 p.m. EST (2205 GMT) on Thursday, wrapping up 5 months in orbit.
You’ll be able to watch the Dragon’s departure stay right here at Area.com, courtesy of NASA, or instantly by way of the company (opens in new tab). It’s also possible to watch the capsule’s ocean splashdown, which is predicted to happen round 9:25 p.m. EST on Friday (March 10; 0225 GMT on March 11).
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Crew-5 launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Oct. 5, 2022. It was a historic liftoff, making Mann the primary Native American lady to achieve house and Kikina the primary Russian to fly to orbit on a personal American spacecraft.
The Crew-5 astronauts have spent an eventful 5 months off Earth. They have been handled to some attractive auroral shows, for instance, and two Russian automobiles docked to the ISS — a Soyuz crew-carrying craft and a robotic Progress freighter — sprang leaks through the spaceflyers’ keep on the station.
Crew-5’s Dragon, named Endurance, was briefly modified to accommodate an additional passenger — one of many three Soyuz astronauts, NASA’s Frank Rubio — in case an emergency evacuation of the ISS have been required. However these mods have been eliminated final month, after Russia launched a substitute Soyuz that may take Rubio and his two Russian crewmates residence to Earth this fall.
There’ll nonetheless be a SpaceX mission on the ISS after Crew-5 departs on Thursday: Crew-6 arrived on the orbiting lab early Friday morning (March 3) aboard the Dragon Endeavour.
The Crew-6 astronauts — NASA’s Woody Hoburg and Stephen Bowen, the United Arab Emirates’ Sultan Al Neyadi and cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev — are scheduled to stay aboard the ISS for the following six months.
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