SpaceX Crew-5 Astronauts Prepare to Leave the International Space Station
SpaceX Crew-5 crew astronauts for NASA are scheduled to depart from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday 9 March 2023 evening United States (US) time. Photos/NASA/Space
FLORIDA – SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts for NASA are scheduled to depart from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday 9 March 2023 evening United States (US) time. Crew-5 astronauts have spent five eventful months on the ISS.
The crew of 4 Crew-5, NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, cosmonauts Anna Kikina, and Koichi Wakata from Japan, will be flown in a SpaceX Dragon capsule. The capsule carrying the Crew-5 crew is expected to arrive on Earth on Friday 10 March 2023 at 21:25 local time.
The Crew-5 crew was launched to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on October 5, 2022. It was a historic launch, making Mann the first Native American woman to reach space.
For Kikina, he became the first Russian to fly into orbit on a private US spacecraft. They have been treated to several beautiful aurora sightings and the activities of the two Russian vehicles docked at the ISS.
The first was the Soyuz crew carrier plane and the Progress cargo robot which experienced a leak during the spaceflyer on the ISS. Crew-5 crew members will be replaced by Crew-6 crew astronauts who arrived last week at the ISS.
The four crew members of Crew-6 are Woody Hoburg and Stephen Bowen from NASA, Sultan Al Neyadi from the United Arab Emirates, and cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev. They are slated to stay on the ISS for the next six months.