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The new Crew-3 crew has arrived at the International Space Station

No handover, but relief has arrived. The SpaceX capsule, carrying a new crew of the Crew-3, landed at the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday evening, November 11, replacing the Crew-2, which left the ISS on Monday. French Thomas Basket. Four new members – three Americans and a German, including a woman – will serve six months in orbit.

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NASA astronauts Kyla Baron, Raja Sari and Tom Marshburn and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer SpaceX was launched from Florida on Wednesday evening by a Falcon 9 rocket, which has been postponed several times, especially due to unfavorable weather..

This is the third space flight for American Tom Marshburn. He already flew in a space shuttle in 2009. Then a Soyuz rocket in 2012-2013. Three other astronauts, including mission leader Raja Sari, traveled for the first time. Matthias Marar is the twelfth German to stay in orbit.

American Mark Vande Hey, who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday, greeted them alone in the American section of the station. Two Russian astronauts are on board.

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Many experiences

Astronaut Tom Marshburn wears the official NASA badge on Kyla Baron's costume after arriving at Crew-3 ISS on November 11, 2021.

This mission is called Crew-3 because it is the third mission to ISS provided by SpaceX on behalf of NASA. But this is the fifth time that Elon Musk’s company has put humans into orbit: before Crow-1 and Crew-2, a test mission (demo-2) brought two astronauts to the ISS. And in September, Space X sent four tourists into space for three days., Regardless of NASA.

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The work will involve many experiences. One is to grow plants in space without soil or other growing medium, and the other is to create higher quality microgravity optical fibers than those made on earth. The Crew-3 astronauts will continue to travel to space, especially to install new solar panels on the ISS.

Finally, they will make two cruises: the Japanese were brought aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft later this year, and then in February 2022, the passengers of the Ax-1 voyage organized by Axiom Space in association with SpaceX.

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World with AFP