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Next SpaceX astronaut launch for NASA delayed until October 3

The next SpaceX astronaut launch for NASA has been pushed back by four days, to October 3rd.

SpaceX and NASA planned to launch the Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 29. But now the flight will not begin until October 3rd, NASA said in today’s update. (will open in a new tab) (25-th of August).

“The date adjustment provides additional separation of spacecraft traffic arriving to and from the space station,” the agency said in a brief release, which did not identify specific missions of congestion concern.

Pictured: Amazing SpaceX Crew-4 Mission Launch Photos

If all goes according to plan, Crew-5 will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 3 at 12:45 pm EDT (1645 GMT). You can watch it live here on Space.com when the time is right, thanks to NASA and SpaceX.

The mission will send four astronauts to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule: NASA representatives Nicole Mann and Josh Kassada, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina, who will become the first Russian to fly on a private American spacecraft.

These four astronauts will be briefly on the ISS along with members of SpaceX’s latest astronaut mission, Crew-4, which launched in April and should return to Earth in early October.

This is not the first Crew-5 launch delay. NASA and SpaceX previously pushed back a scheduled launch from early September to September 29 to allow repairs to be made to the Falcon 9 first stage. path hit the bridge.

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