A spacecraft took off Wednesday morning from Florida to reach the International Space Station. On board, three Americans and an Italian. The flight was broadcast live on NASA’s website.
Elon Musk’s business does not stop. Less than 40 hours after the landing of a SpaceX vessel off Florida, a new flight took off on Wednesday morning. This time, the mission called Crew-4 is on behalf of Nasa. The shuttle lifted off to Florida from the Kennedy Space Center at 9:52 a.m. (3:52 a.m. local time). On board the spacecraft are the Americans Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as the Italian Samantha Cristoforetti, from the European Space Agency. The shooting was broadcast live on NASA’s website.
The goal: hundreds of experiences in weightlessness
The four astronauts of the “Crew-4” mission will join another crew present in the International Space Station (ISS). This new crew is sent by NASA to perform hundreds of tests in weightlessness. These experiments relate in particular to materials science, technologies for health and science related to plants.
The April 27 launch is the 16th mission for a SpaceX Falcon 9. The capsule Crew Dragon “Freedom” should join the international space station April 28, 00:15 UTC. The four astronauts will remain on board the ISS for six months, until the beginning of September. This flight had already completed a six-month mission with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.