On April 27, a Falcon 9 rocket was launched from the Cape Canaveral cosmodrome. It successfully sent the Crew Dragon spacecraft with four Crew-4 mission participants to the ISS.
The Crew-4 mission included NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. After arriving at the ISS, they will be part of the 67th long-term expedition. It is assumed that during its six-month orbital mission, the crew will conduct more than 200 scientific studies and experiments.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft (its own name Freedom), which launched to the ISS, is an absolutely new spacecraft. But for its first stage with the tail number B1067, this was already the fourth flight into space. The previous time it was used to launch the Crew-3 mission in November 2021. It is still working on board the ISS. Thus, there are now two spacecraft in space launched by the same rocket.
It should be noted that the last launch was the 150th for the Falcon 9 rocket. As for Crew Dragon, the spacecraft has already made seven flights into space with a crew.
Earlier we told about how NASA launched a “teleport” to the ISS.
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