An American astronaut of Indian descent participates in NASA-SpaceX’s third mission to the International Space Station.
“As part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission, NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Mathias Maurer aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket, will be delivered to the space station.” – USA About this is stated in the message of the space agency.
The statement said the four astronauts will travel into space on October 30 from NASA Space Center Launch Complex 39A. Kennedy in Florida.
Crew-3 is SpaceX’s fifth manned space flight and fourth flight to the International Space Station.
Indian American Chari will command the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Crew-3 mission. He will also serve as a flight engineer for Expedition 66 aboard the station.
He was born in Milwaukee, became a NASA astronaut in 2017, and this will be his first space flight. He is also a Colonel in the United States Air Force and has extensive experience as a test pilot with over 2,500 flight hours.
The Crew-3 mission follows Inspiration4, a purely civilian mission that kicked off on September 15 on an orbital journey aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
With Crew-3, “the four ascending crews will do even more science,” Katie Loeders, assistant administrator at NASA’s Space Operations Office, told Space.com.
Leuders added that the team will continue to validate “our exploration risks and push the boundaries of technology and continue to establish our key international partnerships.”
On this expedition “there will be experiments that intersect with the science and use we are doing, and with advances in technology,” added Joel Montalbano, NASA’s ISS Program Manager.
He clarified that there will be experiments on board, which will include research on humans, as well as rodent and other experiments similar to those previously conducted at the station.
But while the astronauts will spend most of their six-month station working hard, they will have little room for holiday fun. The report says the team will arrive in time for Halloween and will also live in the lab during the winter break.