KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. Florida space operations are set to return to normal after Hurricane Ian rampages through the state.
NASA and SpaceX now Wednesday, Oct. They attack 5 targets, such as bringing an American, Japanese and Russian astronaut to the International Space Station.
If the current schedule holds, the Crew-5 mission will launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Falcon and Crew Dragon spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center launchpad 39A at noon EDT. Back-to-back launch dates are Oct. 7, possibly Oct. 6-9, pending review.
NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina in Houston last weeks before heading to Florida for liftoff with SpaceX.
The astronauts arrived at KSC on Saturday and completed a wetsuit rehearsal for the launch countdown on Sunday.
First, when SpaceX started launching NASA astronauts from American soil in 2020, the Russian Agency and NASA made a commercial seat in space. Kikina will be the first cosmonaut to fly with SpaceX.
The Sailor-V astronaut launch was delayed several times before the final delay caused by Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, leaving a large trail of death and destruction in its wake.
“Mission boards continue to monitor Ian’s impact on the Space Coast and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and may adjust again as necessary,” NASA wrote in a blog post. “As of 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Kennedy Space Center declared HURCON 1 a status quo with the crew riding in their designated areas until the storm passes.”
Before the storm, the space center closed and its Artemis-1 SLS moon rocket was being built back into the Assembly Vehicle. NASA was planning to launch the SLS moon rocket before the end of September but will now have to wait until November.
The original Crew-5 launch was delayed in September after the Falcon 9 run for the mission was damaged during transport to KSC.
This launch marks the fifth mission of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program in which the space agency SpaceX and Boeing launched last year to send astronauts to and from the ISS.
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