SPACE – A little bit of ISS for Thomas Pesquet. NASA and SpaceX postponed from Sunday October 31 to Wednesday November 3 the takeoff of the rocket which was to send four new astronauts to the International Space Station (and therefore replace the French and his colleagues) in order to avoid “a major storm system ”, Announced the American agency this Saturday.

The crew of this “Crew-3” mission was to take off on Sunday aboard the Crew Dragon capsule dubbed “Endurance”, mounted on a Falcon 9 rocket, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch will finally take place on Wednesday at 1:10 a.m. local time (or 6:10 a.m. in France), and “Crew-3 will arrive at the space station that same evening at around 11 p.m. (i.e. 4 a.m. in Paris on the night of Wednesday to Thursday. ) ”, NASA said.

Launch Update ➡️ @ NASA’s @ SpaceX # Crew3 mission is now targeted for Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 1:10 am ET due to a large storm system elevating winds and waves in the Atlantic Ocean along the Crew Dragon flight path for the Oct. 31 launch attempt. Learn more: https://t.co/WdCdLAKnd4pic.twitter.com/Z2u0nFRmC6

They will then proceed to “a brief handover with the astronauts who had flown to the station as part of the mission of the agency called SpaceX Crew-2”, including the Frenchman Thomas Pesquet, who are in the ISS since April, she added.

If the launch turns out to be impossible again on Wednesday, there is “a possibility of relief” on Thursday, November 4, SpaceX said on its website. Crew-3, the third regular manned mission provided by SpaceX on behalf of NASA, is part of the multi-billion dollar contract signed with the private company of Elon Musk by the American agency after having terminated to its own space shuttle program in 2011.

The Crew-3 crew will spend six months in orbit and conduct research aimed at facilitating future distant space exploration or contributing useful knowledge to life on Earth.

The mission includes an experiment to grow plants in space without soil or other growth medium. Another aims to manufacture optical fibers in microgravity, which, according to previous research, could give them a quality superior to those produced in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Crew-3 astronauts will also carry out spacewalks to complete the renovation of the ISS’s solar panels and they will host two tourist missions: Japanese brought by a Russian Soyuz spacecraft at the end of the year, then passengers on the Space-X Axiom mission, scheduled for February 2022.

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