NASA Crew-6 launch to the ISS is suddenly postponed

After a flight readiness check on Tuesday, NASA and SpaceX decided to postpone the launch of Crew-6 to the International Space Station for about 24 hours. According to officials, the extra time will allow the launch personnel to solve some relatively minor problems with the launch vehicle.

NASA SpaceX Crew-6 Crew Members

At first, it was planned that the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon rockets with four astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida would take place early on Sunday morning. But the launch was postponed to Monday, February 27.

Crew-6 consists of NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, as well as United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev. This mission will be the fourth spaceflight for Bowen, who flew Space Shuttle STS-126 in 2008, STS-132 in 2010 and STS-133 in 2011. For Hoburg, Al Neyadi and Fedyaev, this will be the first trip to orbit. This is also SpaceX’s first crewed flight since October 2022.

NASA SpaceX Crew-6 members at the Kennedy Space Center on February 21, 2023. From left to right, Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi and NASA astronauts Warren Hoburg and Stephen Bowen. Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett

The crew will fly aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft, which will reach the International Space Station (ISS) in about 24 hours. NASA will also broadcast the entire process online from ground preparations to the arrival, docking and meeting of the new crew in orbit.

Crew-6’s stay on board the ISS will last about six months, during which they will work on a number of scientific experiments in microgravity, will go into outer space to maintain and modernize the orbital outpost, and will also take time out to enjoy the spectacular scenery at an altitude of 400 km above the Earth.

Earlier we reported on how astronauts were trapped on the ISS because of the damaged Soyuz.

According to NASA

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