A Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon Endurance sits on the launch pad for the Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station. Credit: SpaceX
NASA is delaying the launch of Crew-3 to the International Space Station because of a minor medical issue involving one of the mission’s four crew members.
“The issue is not a medical emergency and not related to COVID-19. The launch to the International Space Station was planned for Wednesday, Nov. 3,” NASA said in an update. “The agency takes every effort to protect the crew prior to its launch through a health stabilization plan. Crew-3 astronauts will remain in quarantine at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida while preparing for their launch.”
NASA and SpaceX are said the earliest launch opportunity is now 11:36 p.m. EDT Nov. 6 (3:36 UTC Nov. 7), 2021, for the Crew-3 mission to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
“Teams will continue to monitor crew health as they evaluate potential launch opportunities at the end of the week,” the agency said.
Crew-3 is slated to take NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron as well as European Space Agency ...