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Launching a new crew to the International Space Station

Launching a new crew to the International Space Station

Status: 08/26/2023 11:29 AM

A crew of four, led by American Yasmine Mokbeli, is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts bring different personal backgrounds on board.

In the morning, a crew of four took off from the NASA spaceport towards the International Space Station ISS. After about 24 hours, it is supposed to dock with the International Space Station at an altitude of about 400 kilometers above Earth. The flight was originally scheduled to start on Friday, but was pushed back by one day.

Until now, NASA has always had two or three of its astronauts on each SpaceX flight from the United States to the International Space Station. Only this time, NASA astronaut Yasmine Mokbly. In addition to Commander Andreas Mogensen of the European Space Agency (ESA), Japanese Satoshi Furukawa and Russian Konstantin Borisoo are present. They take off aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, powered by a Falcon 9 rocket.

Different expertise

Moqbeli was born in Germany and raised in New York. Her parents fled Iran during the 1979 revolution. She piloted attack helicopters in Afghanistan for the US Army. It is now embarking on its first space flight. Before the trip, she said, she wanted to show Iranian girls that they could achieve big goals. Believing in yourself is a very powerful thing.

Mogensen worked on oil platforms off the coast of West Africa. He is sure that this experience led to his selection as Denmark’s first astronaut. Furukawa was a surgeon for ten years before becoming an astronaut. He and Mogensen have been to the International Space Station. Borisov is new to space travel. He runs a freediving school in Moscow and is a referee for this sport. Persian soup, Danish chocolate, and Japanese fish, among other things, travel with astronauts to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Yasmine Moqbeli wants to prove to Iranian girls that they can achieve big goals.

Seventh rotation of the ISIS crew since 2020

A few days after the docking, the “Dragon” capsule is scheduled to return to Earth another crew of four, consisting of Americans Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, Russian Andrei Vidjagio, and Emirati Sultan Al-Najadi. There are currently seven people on the International Space Station.

According to NASA, the current mission is the eighth manned flight of billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX “Dragon” spacecraft. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has also been contracted for this, but it has not yet flown any astronauts. Boeing’s crew capsule will remain on Earth until 2024 due to problems.

According to NASA, this is the seventh rotation of the ISS crew since 2020. The new crew members will spend six months searching in space. Since the Russian offensive in Ukraine began a year ago, the International Space Station has become one of the few areas where Russia and the United States are still working together.