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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The four person multinational team of NASA Crew-6 mission spaceflyers are in the final phases of training and preparations at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida prior to their launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft now targeting dead of night liftoff overnight Monday, Feb. 27 – and bound for the International Space Station (ISS) on a six month science expedition.
Weather looks to be outstanding at launch time and all systems are currently GO following the NASA SpaceX Launch Readiness Review (LRR) held Friday, Feb. 25.
All outstanding technical issues have been resolved Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon and nothing stands in the way at this time for blastoff of the Crew-6 quartet of astronauts and cosmonauts from 3 different countries.
Liftoff from Kennedy’s seaside Launch Complex 39A of the brand new Falcon 9 integrated with the thrice flown Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft is now slated for Monday, Feb. 27, at 1:45 a.m. EST (0645 GMT).
You can watch the launch live on NASA TV
Live launch-day coverage on NASA TV and the agency’s website begins at 10 p.m. EST. Sunday, Feb. 26.
Enjoy our UpClose photos of the rocket on pad 39A, the launch campaign and the Crew Arrival event taken by the Space UpClose team of Ken Kremer and Jean Wright.
The four man Crew-6 team comprising NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren “Woody” Hoburg, UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev arrived at Kennedy’s Launch and Landing Facility (former Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) aboard a NASA Gulfstream jet at approximately 12:20 p.m., Feb. 21, for a media event after departing Ellington Field near the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
They represent the US, Russia and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and are a mix of a veteran commander and trio of rookies.
Bowen serves as Crew-6 Dragon commander and Hoburg serves as pilot.
Alneyadi and Fedyaev serve as mission specialists.
The quartet all expressed excitement to launch to the station and carry out science experiments at the media Q & A opportunity upon their arrival at KSC from JSC.
Crew-6 counts as the sixth SpaceX crew rotation mission for NASA
Crew-6 will spend up to six months at the space station before returning to Earth.
The mission marks the fourth spaceflight for Bowen, who flew space shuttle missions STS-126 in 2008, STS-132 in 2010, and STS-133 in 2011.
Crew-6 will be the first spaceflight for Hoburg, Alneyadi, and Fedyaev.
Alneyadi is the 1st astronaut to serve on a long duration mission from a non ISS partner nation and also the 1st long duration mission for the burgeoning UAE astronaut and space programs.
Fedyaev is only the 2nd cosmonaut to fly on a Crew Dragon.
Anna Kikina was the first cosmonaut on a Crew Dragon and serves on the Crew-5 mission and is still onboard the ISS.
The international crew will fly aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft, which previously flew 3 human spaceflight missions – including NASA’s Crew-1 to the ISS, and 2 private Inspiration4, and Axiom Mission-1 astronauts.
Thus Endeavour will launch on its 4th human spaceflight.
Currently the Crew Dragons are certified by NASA to fly astronauts 5 times.
Both NASA and SpaceX are continuing evaluation after each flight and they hope to certify Crew Dragons to fly more than 5 times.
The Falcon 9 1st stage is newly manufactured and flying for the first time on Crew-6
It is designated as tail number B1078.
Watch Ken’s commentary about NASA. Project Artemis SLS and Orion, SpaceX Falcon Heavy, Crew-5 & 6, NASA SpaceX Crew & Cargo Dragons and more
Feb 9/10: WFTV ABC News Orlando interview about SpaceX Starship successful static fire test of 31 Raptor engines at Boca Chica
Feb 8/9: WFTV ABC News Orlando interview about how NASA needs a definitive and fully funded plan to deorbit the ISS safely in case of an emergency and serious debris hit causing it to lose control b4 it’s terminated in 2030- in light of the recent Soyuz crew capsule leak from micrometeoroid impact
Jan 3/4: WFTV ABC News Orlando interview about Jan 3 SpaceX Transporter 6 launch – 1st of 2023 – and record setting year ahead with many exciting missions for NASA and private astronauts, science probes, mission, US Space Force, new rockets like ULA Vulcan & more!
Dec 28/29: Fox 35 Orlando – Watch my commentary about NASA’s fantastic success in space exploration in 2022 and ambitious schedule of whats ahead in 2023:
Dec 11/12: BBC World News TV interview about successful splashdown of NASA Orion concluding the 25 day Artemis 1 lunar test flight around the Moon and back, and how that sets up a human return to the Moon on Artemis 2 and landing on Artemis 3. Plus what’s beyond for NASA deep space exploration to Mars and the search for life beyond Earth
Watch Ken’s continuing reports about Artemis, SpaceX missions, SLS, Orion and NASA missions, SpaceX Crew and Cargo Dragons, SpaceX Axiom, JWST, DART, Lucy Asteroid mission, GOES, SpaceX Starlink, Commercial Crew and Starliner and Crew Dragon, Blue Origin and Space Tourism, and onsite for live reporting of upcoming and recent SpaceX and ULA launches including Crew 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5, ISS, Solar Orbiter, Mars 2020 Perseverance and Curiosity rovers, NRO spysats and national security missions and more at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
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Jan 21-28: Carnival Cruise Ship Mardi Gras: “What Happening at NASA and Space Exploration” & SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink 5-2 launch viewing party Jan 26
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