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SpaceX to launch 4 astronauts with female Russian passenger from its Dragon spacecraft today

The Crew-5 flight will carry NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, who will serve as mission commander and pilot.

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SpaceX Three cosmonauts and a Russian cosmonaut on board its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Wednesday international space station will launch in During the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, this will be the first time that a Russian will travel to space aboard a SpaceX craft. The special thing is that the Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon-9 rocket with these four passengers was carried out at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch Complex 39A will depart from The launch time is scheduled for 9:30 hrs IST. SpaceX said that before the launch, our teams are monitoring the weather conditions and wind flow.

According to the report, the Crew-5 flight will carry NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, who will serve as mission commander and pilot. At the same time, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina will serve as mission specialists. -3 was flown.

SpaceX is launching Russian astronaut Anna Kikina
Along with three astronauts, SpaceX is launching Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina, the only female cosmonaut operating in the Russian corps. This will be the first space mission for Kikina. She will serve as a mission specialist. She will be a flight engineer for Expedition 68. Roscosmos bought a seat for an American astronaut in exchange for a seat on a Soyuz capsule. The deal was signed during the tenure of former Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, known for being vocal against the US space program and pro-Russian war in Ukraine.

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Crew-5 will be involved in more than 200 science experiments
At the same time, NASA said that lifting off from Launch Pad 39A on the Falcon 9 rocket, Dragon Endurance, its four passengers will accelerate to about 17,500 mph, placing it on an intercept course with the International Space Station. During its time in space, Crew-5 will be involved in more than 200 science experiments.

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