October update 13: Freedom, SpaceX’s Crew-4 Dragon capsule, is scheduled to leave the International Space Station today at 10:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT) after a one-day delay due to Earth weather. The capsule and its crew of four astronauts will descend off the Florida coast at 5:41 PM EDT (2141 GMT). Watch live above.
SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission will leave the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday morning, October 13, and you can watch the action live.
Crew-4s Dragon capsules named FreedomNASA officials said it was scheduled to leave the orbiting lab at 10:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT) on Thursday. blog post (opens in new tab) Wednesday (October 13). This is a delay from Wednesday evening due to weather.
You can watch it live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly through the space agency (opens in new tab). NASA warns that the takeoff time is somewhat dubious.
“Mission teams continue to monitor a cold front crossing over Florida with the potential to bring high winds and wet weather near splash zones on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts,” agency officials said in a blog post. “Mission crews will continue to monitor splash and recovery conditions with another weather inspection about six hours before departure.”
You can also catch a variety of other departure-related events on Thursday, as we outline below.
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The action started relatively early on Wednesday. hour 10:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT), the four Crew-4 astronauts gave some farewell speeches. And one of them — European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforettithe current ISS commander – handed over the reins of the orbiting laboratory to Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev. reassignment ceremony at the same time.
Waiting for allocation Thursday, 10:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT) coverage probably starts about 20 minutes before the event. This is a delay leaving at 19:05 EDT (2305 GMT) on Wednesday evening.
If removal proceeds on schedule, Freedom is expected to splash down the Florida coast. thursday 17:41 EDT (2141 GMT). NASA and Space X plans to hold a post-bounce press conference that day 19.00 EDT (2300 GMT).
In this briefing, Steve Stich, director of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program; Joel Montalbano, NASA International Space station Program Manager; and a SpaceX representative.
But none of these times is set in stone; They are addicted to the good weather expected in Freedom’s potential splash zones in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
“The withdrawal of Crew-4 Dragon depends on several factors, including spacecraft readiness, rescue crew readiness, weather, sea conditions, and other factors,” NASA officials said in a blog post Wednesday. “Dragon Freedom is currently staying healthy while docked with the space station. Backup recovery opportunities are also available on Friday, October 14.”
Launched on Crew-4 and SpaceX Falcon 9 On April 27, the rocket and arrived at the ISS on the same day. The mission consists of Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Robert Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins.
As the name suggests, Crew-4 is SpaceX’s fourth contract astronaut mission for NASA to fly to the orbiting laboratory. One of two SpaceX flights currently aboard the ISS; The crew arrived on 5 October. 6 for a five-month stay.
This story was updated on Wednesday, October 15th at 3:40 PM EDT. 12 with booking delay news and updated booking opportunities.
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