NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Launch Delayed for Second Time in a Week Due to an Unspecified Medical Issue With a Crew Member

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Launch Delayed from Nov. 3

According to NASA’s blog, the agency is delaying the upcoming launch of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission due to a minor medical issue involving one of its crew members. The issue is not a medical emergency and not related to COVID-19. While the initial plan was to launch to the International Space Station on Wednesday, Nov. 3, the earliest possible opportunity for launch is now 11:36 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Nov. 6.

In the meantime, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket will remain at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Crew-3 flight will carry NASA astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander; Tom Marshburn, pilot; and Kayla Barron, mission specialist; as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, who will serve as a mission specialist, to the space station for a six-month science mission, staying aboard until late April 2022.

This will be the third crew rotation mission with astronauts on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and the fourth flight with astronauts, including the Demo-2 test flight, as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

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