Crew-6 launches from Florida, bound for ISS
Crew-6 lifts off!
Riding a tower of golden flame, the four-member Crew-6 soared into space early Thursday morning (March 2, 2023) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon 9 carrying the Endeavor Dragon crew capsule lifted off a few minutes after local midnight. The spacecraft reached orbit minutes later. NASA said:
Crew-6 will dock at the space station at approximately 1:17 a.m. EST on Friday, March 3. Live coverage on NASA TV resumes at 11:30 p.m. EST on March 2 and continues through spacecraft docking, hatch opening (2:55 a.m.), and the welcome ceremony (3:40 a.m.) at the microgravity laboratory.
You can watch the docking via the livestream at this link or in the video player below.
The successful launch set an auspicious record: There are now 11 toilets in orbit around Earth.
It's gone to 11 folks!
The number of toilets in space has GONE TO 11!
4 on the ISS,
2 on the Tiangong space station,
1 on Shenzhou 14,
1 on Soyuz MS-22,
1 on Soyuz MS-23,
1 on Crew Dragon Freedom,
1 on Crew Dragon Endeavour.
This is a new space record. https://t.co/JNWD9Bq7tb
— Dr Pamela L Gay (@starstryder) March 2, 2023
Crew-6 launch scrubbed previously
Crew-6 Falcon 9 venting prior to the scrub last night @NASAKennedy @Commercial_Crew @SpaceX #space #spacex #nasa #crew6 coverage for https://t.co/YsCTUp9CTd @earthskyscience pic.twitter.com/07YArt8SPP
— Greg Diesel Walck (@GregDieselPhoto) February 27, 2023
The launch of Crew-6 to the International Space Station (ISS) was delayed when the mission was scrubbed on February 26. A new late-night launch date was announced, and the crew went up at 5:34 UTC on March 2, 2023 (12:34 a.m. ET on March 2, or 11:34 p.m. CT on March 1). They rode aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule, powered by a Falcon 9 rocket.
The Crew-6 mission consists of four space travelers, including NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren “Woody” Hoburg, UAE astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev.
Overall, it’ll be NASA’s 6th mission to ISS using a SpaceX Dragon.
Last chance to get a moon phase calendar! Only a few left.
A 7-month mission
Ultimately, the crew of four plans to stay at the ISS for approximately seven months.
Previously, the last Crew mission, Crew-5, successfully carried four astronauts to the ISS in October 2022.
Space station woes
So, generally speaking, crew transport is progressing. But ISS itself has had its share of woes over the past months. First, a Soyuz spacecraft, after safely delivering three astronauts to ISS in September, started leaking coolant while docked with the space station. Then, a Progress supply craft docked at the ISS began leaking coolant in February. In this case, it’s possible that micrometeoroids – tiny bits of rock or other material in space, crashing into ISS – are to blame.
"External impact" blamed for coolant loss (…again, this time on the Progress MS-21 cargo ship).
DETAILS: https://t.co/QA5zHmYE03 pic.twitter.com/h7GWfWPJuJ
— Anatoly Zak (@RussianSpaceWeb) February 21, 2023
Bottom line: The Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station lifted off successfully at 12:34 a.m. ET on March 2, 2023. Rewatch via the livestream in this post.