A “minor health problem” in one of the crew members forces NASA and SpaceX to postpone the takeoff of the Crew Dragon rocket for another.
NASA and SpaceX on Monday postponed for the second time in a few days the takeoff of the rocket carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), due to a “minor health problem” in one of the crew members. .
The problem “is not a medical emergency and is unrelated to Covid-19,” NASA said in a statement without giving further details.
New launch plans for Saturday
American astronauts Raja Chari, Kayla Barron and Tom Marshburn, as well as German cosmonaut Mathias Maurer, will remain pending at the Kennedy Space Center, the agency said.
They were earlier scheduled to take off early on Sunday morning. But the flight was already postponed till Wednesday due to bad weather.
The launch is now scheduled for Saturday at 11:36 p.m. local time (03:36 GMT Sunday), from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA did not specify which astronaut was affected by this health problem.
Thomas Pesquet’s return still set for “early November”
This mission, named Crew-3, is the third regular manned mission provided by SpaceX on behalf of the US Space Agency. After the Space Shuttle shut down in 2011, Elon Musk’s company allowed NASA to resume flights from American soil.
Astronauts are expected to spend about six months in orbit and conduct a number of experiments in this flying laboratory.
He is to replace four Crew-2 astronauts, including Frenchman Thomas Pesquet, who has been on the ISS since April.
Crew-2’s return to Earth is typically scheduled for “early November,” but NASA explained Monday it would “continue to assess possible dates” and did not rule out an “indirect handover” between the two crews. Huh.
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