NASA x SpaceX Rocket Launches to Space

March 2, 2023

Welcome to orbit.

SpaceX Launch Control after the Crew-6 Dragon spacecraft successfully separated from the Falcon 9 rocket. The crew is now headed to the International Space Station for a six month stay.

Why It Matters: This is the sixth operational collaborative mission between SpaceX and NASA.

The Crew & Their Mission: The spacecraft is carrying two NASA astronauts, as well as the first United Arab Emirates astronaut to be in space for an extended stay, and a Russian cosmonaut (NASA and Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, have an ongoing relationship with the International Space Station). The new crew – expected to reach the ISS on Friday – will conduct “over 200 experiments that will help us to prepare for missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond, as well as improve life here on Earth,” according to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

The launch was originally planned for Monday but was called off last-minute due to a clogged filter. Thursday morning’s launch went off without a problem.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 Safely En Route to International Space Station (NASA)

SpaceX launches another crew to space station for NASA (Washington Post)

by Jenna Lee,