Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon ready at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport for launch to the International Space Station. February 28, 2023.
Cape Canaveral (USA) – Today, the Falcon 9 rocket launched from the American spaceport to carry a crew of four to the International Space Station in the Crew Dragon ship. The rocket with two Americans, a Russian and an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates was originally supposed to take off on Monday, but SpaceX and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) postponed the launch for technical reasons.
The crew of the Crew Dragon consists of the Americans Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, who are the commander and pilot of the flight. Together with them, according to the plans, the astronaut from the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Nijadi, and the representative of the Russian Roscosmos agency, Andrey Fedayev, are scheduled to go to the ISS for six months. . The quartet is to replace NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Russia's Anna Kikin and Japan's Koichi Wakata. They have been on the ISS since last October, when they were transported there by the Crew Dragon ship. Together with them, there are three other astronauts, whose planned return to Earth in the fall was complicated by damage to the Soyuz MS-22 ship, which was hit by a micrometeorite. On Sunday, the Soyuz MS-23 ship arrived for them at the ISS.