Science Desk, Aug 25 (EFE).- NASA and the SpaceX aerospace company have postponed the launch of the Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by a day to Saturday.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Crew-7 mission at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US, 24 August 2023. EFE-EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH
The launch from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, which was scheduled for 3:50 am on Friday, has now been pushed to 3:27 am on Saturday, NASA said on social media.
The Crew-7 mission, the seventh crewed mission to the ISS as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, will be led by astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, selected by NASA in 2017 and who will be making her first space flight, and Andreas Mogensen of the European Space Agency (ESA), the first Dane to travel in space.
Other crew members include Satoshi Furukawa, from the Japanese space agency JAXA, and Konstantin Borisov, from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who will also be traveling for the first time.
While NASA did not reveal any reasons for the delaying the mission, SpaceX posted on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) that the “new launch date provides teams additional time to complete and discuss analysis.”
“The vehicles remain healthy and (the) crew is ready to fly,” it added. EFE