Crew-5 astronauts dock with space station – Space Station
NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday, October 6, as the SpaceX Dragon Endurance docked at the resort at 5:01 p.m. EDT as the spacecraft flew 258 miles above the west coast of Africa.
Following Dragon’s bond with the Harmony module, the crew aboard Dragon Endurance and the space station will begin performing standard leak and pressurization checks between the spacecraft in preparation for the planned hatch opening. at 6:42 p.m.
Mann, Cassada, Wakata and Kikina will join the Expedition 68 crew of NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, Frank Rubio and Jessica Watkins, ESA (European Space Agency) Samantha Cristoforetti and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin. For a short period, the number of crew on the space station will increase to 11 people until the departure of Crew-4.
NASA Television and the Agency website continue to provide continuous live coverage of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission.
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