CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which is able to ferry NASA’s subsequent group of astronauts to house has rolled to the pad. The mission, referred to as Crew-3, is about to blast off from Pad 39A right here at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart (KSC) at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT) on Halloween this Sunday (Oct. 31).
The rocket and its counterpart, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, rolled out of the hangar to the launch pad on Wednesday morning (Oct. 27) forward of ultimate prelaunch checks.
Perched atop its launcher, the 215-foot-tall (65-meter) automobile, made up of each the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon craft, was raised to vertical quickly after.
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The 4 Crew-3 astronauts who will launch aboard this flight — NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron in addition to European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer — arrived at KSC on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 26) and had been ready to take a look at their rocket earlier than it made the trek to the pad.
Throughout a prelaunch chat with reporters on Wednesday morning, Chari mentioned that seeing their automobile within the hangar was a particular expertise.
“Final night time we obtained to see Endurance within the hangar and really put our arms on our Dragon, in order that was a really particular expertise,” he mentioned. He adopted up these prelaunch feedback with a tweet late Wednesday afternoon, confirming that the rocket was standing tall atop the launch pad.
“Wonderful what a day can do. #Crew3 checked out #Endurance within the @SpaceX hangar final night time earlier than pad roll-out & now it’s at @NASAKennedy atop launch pad 39a the place many @NASA_Astronauts began their journeys to house,” Chari tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
Timelapse of Falcon 9 and Dragon going vertical pic.twitter.com/WEp20JfU9tOctober 27, 2021
The workhorse of the mission is a previously-flown booster — booster B1067 — which has one flight beneath its belt thus far. In June, the booster propelled a unique Dragon spacecraft for a cargo mission to the house station. For its second act, the latest frequent flyer in SpaceX’s fleet will carry this Crew Dragon, named Endurance, and its crew of astronauts.
If all goes in response to plan, Endurance will dock with the orbiting lab at round 12:10 a.m. EDT (0410 GMT) on Monday (Nov. 1), following its deliberate Halloween launch.