NASA’s crewed ISS journey has been delayed to April 22.
The American space agency NASA announced that the mission to send crew to the International Space Station (ISS) with the SpaceX rocket was delayed for at least two more days, withdrawing to April 22. SpaceX, the company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, had planned to launch the second “operational” space station crew from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the ISS for NASA in late March. NASA said last January that this launch would be later than expected and the target date was set to April 20. Now, a change has been made on the determined date and the launch date has been announced as April 22.
NASA spokesperson Dan Huot said on Monday that the program has been readjusted to the space station for current flight times, minimizing the astronauts’ need for sleep. This flight also represents the second full-fledged space station crew mission to be carried out in a private company’s spacecraft. Last year, the Falcon 9 rocket, owned by a private company, SpaceX, was launched at the ISS with a crew for the first time.
The four-member SpaceX Crew-2 consists of mission commander Shane Kimbrough, two NASA astronauts, and pilot Megan McArthut, as well as Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and fellow mission expert Thomes Pesquet from the European Space Agency. Crew-2 will join the four SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts who arrived at the space station in November. Crew-2 will remain on the ISS for six months, while Crew-1 will return to earth in early May.
Finally, let’s note that the exact date of Crew-1’s return from ISS has not yet been determined.