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SpaceX’s next astronaut launch for NASA delayed to Oct. 3

 The crew of SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station. From left: Koichi Wakata of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, and NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada.

The crew of SpaceXs Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station. From left: Koichi Wakata of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, and NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada.(Image credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX’s next astronaut launch for NASA has been pushed back four days, to Oct. 3.

SpaceX and NASA have been targeting Sept. 29 for the launch of the Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). However the flight will now lift off no sooner than Oct. 3, NASA announced within an update today (opens in new tab) (Aug. 25).

“The date adjustment permits extra separation with spacecraft traffic arriving at and from the area station,” agency officials said in the brief update, which didn’t identify the precise missions which are of traffic-jam concern.

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If all goes in accordance with plan, Crew-5 will now launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 3 at 12: 45 p.m. EDT (1645 GMT). You can view it live at Space.com once the time comes, thanks to NASA and SpaceX.

The mission will send four astronauts to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule: NASA’s Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina, who’ll end up being the first Russian to fly on an exclusive American spacecraft.

These four spaceflyers will overlap briefly on the ISS with the members of SpaceX’s latest astronaut mission, Crew-4, which launched in April and is defined to come back to Earth in early October.

This is not Crew-5’s first launch delay. NASA and SpaceX previously pushed the targeted liftoff back from early September to Sept. 29 to support repair focus on the Falcon 9’s first stage. The booster was damaged while being hauled from SpaceX’s factory in Southern California to the business’s test site in McGregor, Texas, striking a bridge on the way.

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