A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carried four astronauts to ISS. The crew landed on ISS 11 November 2021 at 02:03:31 at UTC. This capsule orbited more than 200 miles above Earth. The astronauts will be there on ISS for 6 months. In a partnership between NASA and SpaceX, the mission Crew-3 is the 4th mission to make routine trips to the ISS. On 10 November, the Crew-3 mission kicked off. The Crew Dragon capsule carried the astronauts, which sat atop SpaceX’s 200-foot-tall Falcon 9 rockets on a launchpad. The launch happened at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The NASA and SpaceX teams are addressing two issues with the Crew Dragon capsule’s design. The 1st is the issue of toilet leaking, and 2nd is the has to do with the Crew Dragon’s parachutes. It was found by Crew-2 that the leaky toilet had contaminated the walls of their spacecraft. During the Crew-2 splashdown, one of the parachutes took a bit longer to inflate fully.
Crew-3 includes –
Kayla Barron – She has a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Cambridge. In 2017, she was selected for NASA and was the 1st woman to serve on a Navy submarine in 2010. Previously she had worked in submarines. Barron is selected for NASA’s corps of Artemis astronauts to fly one future mission to the moon, and this is the 1st spaceflight for her.
Raja Chari – He is an American test pilot and has over 2,000 flying hours and colonel in the US Air Force. In the year 2017, he was selected for NASA for Astronauts Group 22. In December 2020, Chari was selected to be a part of the Artemis Team. This team is helping to pave the way for the next lunar missions. This is his 1st time in space. He did his master’s degree from MIT in aeronautics and astronautics, and from the US Naval Test Pilot School did his graduation. Chari is also selected for NASA’s corps of Artemis astronauts in which he can fly one future mission to the moon. He is the 1st rookie astronaut to command a NASA space mission.
Tom Marshburn – He is the mission pilot and is the sole veteran astronaut among the crew. Tom has a background in physics and holds a doctorate in medicine. In the early 1990’s he 1st joined NASA as a flight surgeon and joined the official astronaut corps in 2004. He has previously flown on one Space Shuttle mission and one Russian Soyuz mission to the ISS. Tom has received many awards like the NASA Superior Achievement award, Space and Life Sciences Division Special Space Flight Achievement Award, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award.
Matthias Maurer – He is a German European Space Agency astronaut and material scientist. 2015 Maurer was selected for space training. He graduated from Gynmnasium Wendalinum in Sankt Wendel, Saarland, and has a materials science and technology degree from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. This is the 1st spaceflight for him.