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SpaceX rolls rocket to pad before Crew-5 astronaut launch (photos)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule that will fly the Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station stand on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida shortly after rolling out on Oct. 1, 2022.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule which will fly the Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station stand on Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida soon after rolling from Oct. 1, 2022.(Image credit: SpaceX via Twitter)

The hardware which will fly SpaceX’s next astronaut mission for NASA is poised and ready for liftoff.

The Crew-5 mission is scheduled to launch at noon EDT (1600 GMT) on Wednesday (Oct. 5) from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, and associates have already been checking off boxes in the leadup.

On Saturday (Oct. 1), for instance, the four Crew-5 astronauts NASA’s Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan’s Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina attained KSC from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Another shot of the Crew-5 stack on Oct. 1, 2022. The mission is scheduled to launch on Oct. 5.

Another shot of the Crew-5 stack on Pad 39A Oct. 1, 2022. The mission is scheduled to launch on Oct. 5. (Image credit: SpaceX via Twitter)

That same day, the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule that may fly Crew-5 were rolled out to Pad 39A from SpaceX‘s processing facility at KSC. The Falcon 9 is jarringly white and clean by SpaceX standards; Elon Musk’s company is well-known for landing and reflying boosters, which get soot-blackened throughout their trips back again to Earth. But Crew-5 would be the first mission because of this particular Falcon 9 first stage.

On Sunday (Oct. 2), SpaceX performed a “static fire” test of the Falcon 9, smoking cigarettes the initial stage’s nine Merlin engines briefly in a typical preflight trial. SpaceX, NASA and the Crew-5 astronauts also “completed a complete rehearsal of launch day activities” on Sunday, SpaceX said via Twitter (opens in new tab).

Crew-5 will send Mann, Cassada, Wakata and Kikina to the International Space Station for a five-month stay. The mission can make history in multiple ways. For example, Kikina can be the initial cosmonaut ever to fly on a SpaceX mission to orbit. And Mann can be the initial Native American woman to attain the ultimate frontier.

Crew-5 is scheduled to launch on Oct. 5, 2022. It will send NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan's Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina to the International Space Station for about five months.

Crew-5 is scheduled to launch on Oct. 5, 2022. It’ll send NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan’s Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina to the International Space Station for approximately five months. (Image credit: SpaceX via Twitter)

NASA and SpaceX have been targeting today (Oct. 3) for Crew-5’s liftoff, but Hurricane Ian pushed things back by two days.

The storm’s effect on the timeline for NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission was a lot more dramatic. NASA have been targeting Sept. 27 for the launch of Artemis 1, that may lift faraway from KSC’s Pad 39B. However the Artemis 1 team rolled Artemis 1 off the pad the other day to safeguard it from Ian and is currently eyeing a launch in mid-November.

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