SpaceX: new postponement of the flight of astronauts from “Crew-3” to the ISS

New false start for Crew 3. NASA and SpaceX postponed Monday, November 1 for the second time in a few days the takeoff of the rocket which must take four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), due to a “problem minor health” in one of the crew members. The issue “is not a medical emergency and is not related to Covid-19,” NASA said in a statement, without giving further details.

American astronauts Raja Chari, Kayla Barron and Tom Marshburn, as well as German astronaut Matthias Maurer, will remain in quarantine at Kennedy Space Center until then, the agency added. They were originally scheduled to take off early Sunday, October 31 in the morning. But due to bad weather, the flight had already been postponed to Wednesday. The launch is now scheduled for Saturday at 11:36 p.m. local time (03:36 GMT Sunday), from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Six months in orbit

NASA did not specify which of the astronauts was affected by this health problem. This mission, called Crew-3, is the third regular manned mission carried out by SpaceX on behalf of the American space agency. Elon Musk’s company has allowed NASA to resume flights from American soil, after the shutdown of space shuttles in 2011.

Astronauts must spend about six months in orbit and carry out numerous experiments aboard this flying laboratory. They are to replace the four Crew-2 astronauts, including Frenchman Thomas Pesquet, who have been in the ISS since April. The return to Earth of Crew-2 is normally scheduled for “early November” but NASA explained on Monday “to continue to evaluate the dates” possible and not to exclude an “indirect handover” rather than direct between the two crews.

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