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NASA, SpaceX to launch next crew mission to space station

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-10-26 07:12

This handout photo released by NASA on December 14, 2020 shows the members of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station, shown(L-R) are NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON - NASA and SpaceX are targeting this Sunday, Oct. 31, for the agency's Crew-3 launch to the International Space Station (ISS).

The crew include NASA astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander, Tom Marshburn, pilot, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist, as well as European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.

They will launch on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft and its Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The international crew are expected to arrive at the ISS early on Monday morning, for a short handover with the astronauts who flew to the ISS in April as part of the agency's SpaceX Crew-2 mission.

The Crew-3 astronauts are scheduled for a long-duration science mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, according to NASA.

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