The Crew-5 launch will carry two NASA astronauts Mission Commander Nicole Mann and Pilot Josh Cassada, along with JAXA ( Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, who will serve as mission specialists to the space station for a science expedition mission.
This is the fifth crew rotation mission with astronauts using the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the orbiting laboratory as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
The launch is targeted for noon EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 5, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Dragon spacecraft, named Endurance, is scheduled to dock to the space station at 4:57 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 6.
SpaceX Crew-5 is planned to be the fifth crewed operational NASA Commercial Crew Program flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the eighth overall crewed orbital flight.
The mission is scheduled to launch on 5 October 2022 and is due to transport four crew members to the International Space Station (ISS).
Two NASA astronauts, one JAXA astronaut, and one Russian cosmonaut have been assigned to the mission. Three of the currently assigned crew members were assigned following delays to Boeing’s Starliner program.
Commander Nicole Mann was reassigned to the flight from Boeing’s Boe-CFT mission, while Pilot Josh Cassada and Mission Specialist Koichi Wakata transferred from Boeing Starliner-1.
Anna Kikina was reassigned from Soyuz MS-22. Three of the four crew members would be making their first space flight, with the exception of Koichi Wakata, who is a veteran of four previous space flights.
NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station.
8:30 a.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins. NASA Television will have continuous mission coverage to docking and coverage of hatch open and the welcome ceremony.
Follow all live events at : https://www.nasa.gov/live