NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 launches to the International Space Station

WASHINGTON, in 2023 August 26 /PRNewswire/ — An international crew of four, representing four countries, is in orbit following a successful launch to the International Space Station 3:27 a.m. EDT SaturdayAugust 26 from NASA’s 39A launch complex Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The SpaceX Crew-7 mission is NASA’s seventh commercial crewed rotation mission.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft carrying a NASA astronaut into orbit Jasmin MoghbeliESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas MogensenJAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawaand a Roskosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisovfor a scientific expedition in an orbital laboratory.

“Crew-7 is a shining example of American ingenuity and what we can achieve when we work together,” said the NASA administrator. Bill Nelson. “On board the station, the crew will conduct more than 200 science experiments and technology demonstrations to prepare for missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond, which will benefit humanity on Earth. In collaboration with countries around the world, NASA is using the best research in our minds to power our bold missions, and it is clear that working together we can do more – and learn more.

During Dragon’s flight, SpaceX will monitor the autonomous spacecraft’s maneuvers from its Mission Control Center. Hawthorne, Californiaand NASA teams will monitor space station activity throughout the flight from the agency’s Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center. Houston.

The Dragon spacecraft, named Endurance, will autonomously dock with the space-facing port of the station’s Harmony module. 8:39 a.m. SundayAugust 27. NASA TV, NASA programand agencies Website will provide a live broadcast of docking and hatch opening. NASA will also discuss the welcome remarks for the crew of the orbital outpost 11:30 a.m

Crew-7 will join NASA’s Expedition 69 astronaut crew on the space station Stephen Bowen, Woody Hoburgand Frank Rubioalso in UAE (United Arab Emirates) an astronaut Sultan Alneyadiand Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitry Petelinand Andrei Fedyaev. The number of crews aboard the space station will increase to 11 for a short time before Crew-6 members Bowen, Hoburg, Alneyadi and Fedyaev return to Earth in a few days.

Crew-7 will be run by a new one science research to help humanity on Earth and prepare for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. Experiments include microbial sampling from outside the space station, the first survey human response to different durations of spaceflightand investigation physiological aspects of astronaut sleep. It’s just part of science experiments and technologies demonstrations that will take place during their mission.

“The International Space Station is an incredible science and technology platform that requires people from all over the world to maintain and maximize its benefits for people on Earth. Ken BowersoxAssociate Administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters Washington. “It is exciting to see the launch of Crew-7 with four crew members representing four countries who will live and work at humanity’s home in space as we continue nearly 23 years of uninterrupted human presence in the microgravity laboratory.”

The Crew-7 mission allows NASA to maximize the use of the space station, where astronauts test technology, conduct science and develop the skills needed for future commercial travel in low Earth orbit and exploration beyond Earth. Research conducted on the space station benefits people on Earth and paves the way for future long-duration trips to the Moon through NASA’s Artemis missions.

Meet Crew-7
This is Moghbeli’s first trip to space since 2017. was chosen as a NASA astronaut. New York native earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and information technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridgeand a master’s degree in aerospace engineering Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Moghbeli, a helicopter and tester in the Marine Corps, has more than 150 combat missions and 2,000 hours of flight time in more than 25 different aircraft. She is also a graduate of the US Navy Pilot School Patuxent River, Maryland. As mission commander, she is responsible for all phases of flight from launch to reentry. On the station, she will work as the flight engineer for Expedition 69/70. Follow up @astrojaws on X

Mogensen was selected as an ESA astronaut in 2009. and became the first Danish citizen in space after the 2015 took off in a Soyuz for a 10-day mission to the space station. Copenhagen, Denmark. He completed his BSc and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London England before earning a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering University of Texas at Austin. Mogensen has since served as a crew member on NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations Submarine Missions 17 and 19. 2016-2022 Mogensen was the astronaut liaison officer for NASA Johnson Europe, working as a capsule communicator for astronauts on the station and as ground support for spacewalks. As a Crew-7 pilot responsible for spacecraft systems and operations on the station, he will serve as Flight Engineer for Expedition 69 and Commander for Expedition 70. Follow up @astro_andreas on X

This is Furukawa’s second trip to space, in 2011. During the 28th and 29th expeditions, he spent 165 days on the space station. Furukawa is from Kanagawa, Japanin 1999 was selected as a JAXA astronaut. He is a doctor and has a medical degree University of Tokyo, and later a doctorate in medicine from the same university. Furukawa served as a crew member on NEEMO’s 13th mission and was later appointed head of JAXA’s Space Biomedical Research Group. On the station, he will become the flight engineer for Expedition 69/70. Follow up @astro_satoshi on X

Borisov will go into space for the first time and will work as a mission specialist, monitoring the spacecraft during the dynamic launch and entry phases. in 2018 he joined the Roscosmos cosmonaut corps as a test cosmonaut and would serve as a flight engineer for Expedition 69/70.

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