CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX launched a crewed mission to the International Space Station on Wednesday.
The Crew-5 launch lifted off at noon from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Officials said Crew-5 is carrying two NASA astronauts – Mission Commander Nicole Aunapu Mann and Pilot Josh Cassada – along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, who will serve as mission specialists, to the International Space Station.
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The four crew members arrived at the Kennedy Space Center complex on Saturday, after their trip to Florida’s Space Coast was pushed back by Hurricane Ian.
Liftoff! #Crew5 #Falcon9 @Commercial_Crew @SpaceX pic.twitter.com/omjW1INoBG— Melonie Holt (@MHoltWFTV) October 5, 2022
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Despite the delay, the Crew-5 members completed a full rehearsal of the launch.
NASA and SpaceX confirmed Tuesday that they had completed a launch readiness review.
Launch of Crew 5 from our Cape Canaveral cam. pic.twitter.com/VT4eRc0kPk— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) October 5, 2022
Weather officials with Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s 45th Weather Squadron predicted a 90% chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch.
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