A SpaceX rocket carrying four NASA astronauts to the ISS lifted off early Thursday morning.
The launch attempt on Monday was aborted at the last minute because of a clogged filter in the engine ignition system. However, the launch on Tuesday went off without a hitch.
Just after midnight, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. There are four people aboard: NASA’s Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, the UAE’s Sultan Alneyadi, and Russia’s Andrey Fedyaev.
It’s believed that Alneyadi is the first Arab to take a month-long journey to space. He is also the second person from the United Arab Emirates to go to outer space.
This is the fourth mission for the Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour and the ninth crewed flight for SpaceX overall, according to Space.com.
They will replace the American, Russian, and Japanese astronaut crew. They have been living on the International Space Station since October will be replaced by the Crew-6 crew.
On Friday morning, Crew-6 will arrive at the ISS to begin a six-month research mission.
Crew-6’s leader, Bowen, noted that despite the members’ diverse backgrounds, they worked well together. The United States and Russia have maintained working together on the space station and trading rides there despite the war in Ukraine.
“It’s a great opportunity to travel with these folks,” Bowen said.
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