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SpaceX is set to send four people to the International Space Station from Florida on Wednesday as Elon Musk’s company maintains a steady pace of manned missions.
The NASA mission, known as Crew-5, will take the group to the ISS for a six-month stay in orbit. The mission is SpaceX’s fifth crewed launch for NASA to date, and the company’s eighth manned spaceflight in just over two years.
The Crew-5 mission will bring the number of astronauts launched by SpaceX to 30, including both public and private missions.
Crew-5 launch is scheduled for 12:00 ET, an approximately 29-hour journey to dock with the ISS.
From left: Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina, NASA astronaut Josh Kassada, NASA astronaut Nicole Mann, and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata arrive before the launch of the SpaceX Crew-5 mission from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 5, 2022.
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SpaceX launches astronauts in its Crew Dragon capsule called Endurance atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Both the rocket and the capsule are reusable.
The Endurance is flying into space for the second time – last year it flew the Crew-3 mission to and from the ISS.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Crew Dragon capsule rests on a Pad-39A in preparation for a mission to carry four crew members to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, October 4, 2022.
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