Crew-5 (Falcon 9)
5 October 2022
Launch Complex 39A
Kennedy Space Center
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched NASA's Crew-5 aboard a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station at 12:00 p.m. on 5 October 2022 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
Dawn at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Note the access arm connecting the Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 rocket to the gantry. This is the walkway the astronauts use to enter the spacecraft.
A warm day with lots of heat distortion gives the initial images a bit of a shimmer.
After first stage booster separation, the second stage, below, propels the Dragon spacecraft to orbit, while the first stage, above, fires its cold gas jets as it maneuvers for a landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed downrange in the Atlantic Ocean.

NASA and SpaceX once again are gearing up to launch crew on an American rocket and spacecraft to the International Space Station to perform science, technology demonstrations, and maintenance activities aboard the microgravity laboratory.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 will launch astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada of NASA, astronaut Koichi Wakata of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and cosmonaut Anna Kikina of Roscosmos, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The international crew of four will fly aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft and will launch on a new Falcon 9 booster to the orbiting laboratory to spend several months at the space station before returning to Earth in the spring of 2023.

The flight is the fifth crew rotation mission with SpaceX to station, and the sixth flight of Dragon with people as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

The official crew portrait for SpaceX Crew-5 mission. From left are Anna Kikina, mission specialist; Josh Cassada, pilot; Nicole Mann, spacecraft commander; and Koichi Wakata, mission specialist. Photo credit: NASA/JSC
Image Credit: NASA
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