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Crew-3 Dragon to launch history’s 600th person to fly in space

8 Nov 2021, 18:30 UTC
Crew-3 Dragon to launch history’s 600th person to fly in space
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Kayla Barron, left, Raja Chari, center left, Tom Marshburn, center right, and Matthias Maurer, right, pose in front of Crew Dragon Endurance while it is still in SpaceX’s hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Maurer is set to become the 600th person to fly in space since 1961. Credit: SpaceX
When SpaceX’s Crew-3 Dragon mission launches, it’ll carry with it the 600th person to reach space since human spaceflight began in 1961.
Flying in Crew Dragon Endurance will be NASA astronauts Raja Chari (spacecraft commander), Tom Marshburn (spacecraft pilot) and Kayla Barron (mission specialist), as well as European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer (mission specialist).
Launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket is currently set for 9:03 p.m. EDT Nov. 10 (02:03 UTC Nov. 11) at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. About a day later, the four will reach the International Space Station where they are expected to remain for about six months.
While Chari, Barron and Maurer are all set to fly to space for the first time (Marshburn will be on his third flight), NASA and the European Space Agency have designated German-born Maurer to have the distinction ...

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