Crew-3 docks at International Space Station

4 astronauts, 3 with NASA, begin 6-month mission on space station

In this image from video made available by NASA, astronauts in the SpaceX Dragon capsule approach the International Space Station on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (NASA via AP) (Uncredited)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – The NASA Crew-3 astronauts docked at the International Space Station on Thursday night.

The crew arrived at the space station around 6:33 p.m., ahead of its original docking time of 7:10 p.m.

Liftoff was at 9:03 p.m. and the Dragon capsule separated from Falcon 9′s second stage around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Three NASA astronauts — mission commander Raja Chari, pilot Thomas Marshburn and mission specialist Kayla Barron — are joined by European Space Agency (ESA) mission specialist Matthias Maurer, of Germany, for the six-month science mission on the International Space Station.

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This launch, originally scheduled for late October, but was delayed multiple times, mostly due to weather issues.

Crew-2 returned to Earth Monday, completing splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola following a 200-day research mission aboard the ISS.


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