SpaceX Crew-3 Commercial Launch to Space Station Set Oct. 31 From Kennedy Space Center

By  //  September 14, 2021

The agency’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission will carry three NASA astronauts

The third SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station for a long duration mission is targeted for blastoff on Sunday, October 31, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. (SpaceX image)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – The third SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station for a long duration mission is targeted for blastoff on Sunday, October 31, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

The agency’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission will carry three NASA astronauts – mission commander Raja Chari, pilot Tom Marshburn, and mission specialist Kayla Barron to the space station – as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, who will serve as a mission specialist.

This is the first spaceflight for Chari, Barron and Maurer. It is the third for Marshburn.

The crew will complete a six-month science mission aboard the microgravity laboratory in low-Earth orbit.

Astronauts from NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission are scheduled for return in mid-November aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour on which they launched following a short crew handover period aboard the space station.

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