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SpaceX F9 - Crew 7 - LC-39A


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Jan 31, 2012
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Launch Date: August 26
Launch Window: 3:49 a.m. EDT (0749 UTC)
Launch site: LC-39A, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Booster Recovery: RTLS - LZ-1
Booster: B1081.1
Dragon: Crew Dragon, C210.3 Endurance
Mass: Crew Dragon: 12,519 kg (27,600 lb) + 220 lbs. of cargo
Orbit: LEO - ISS
Dragon Return - TBD
Yearly Launch Number: 58

Crew for Expedition 69/70:
Commander: Jasmin Moghbeli, NASA
Pilot: Andreas Mogensen, ESA
Mission Specialist 1: Satoshi Furutawa, JAXA
Mission Specialist 2: Konstatin Borosov, Roscosmos

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the program’s 12th flight with astronauts. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to land at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Endurance, to begin a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea.

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Coup d'état

The first picture is Crew 7, and the second is Crew 8.

I’m confused; the people in the photo that @Grendal posted yesterday night are not the same people shown in the photo in the first post in this thread.
Thanks to both of you for the correction. I hadn't even noticed. The pictures were posted in the NASA update for Crew 7.
Thought up a couple unique crewmember facts related to this mission. Haven't seen them mentioned anywhere else, welcome fact checking. Jasmine Moghbeli will be the first lone US astronaut on an American made rocket to orbit since Project Mercury. Jasmine will also be the first female US rookie astronaut to Command a spacecraft for launch and landing. Yup, might say I like quirky Space trivia!
What are the responsibilities of the crew during launch? Landing ?
NASA's Crew 7 bio page briefly states, "Moghbeli is responsible for all phases of flight, from launch to re-entry." There's more detail concerning a NASA Commander and Crew responsibilities that are listed in the Code of Federal Regulations. Federal Register :: Request Access
From the latest Ars Technica Rocket Report (I presume written yesterday)
Bill Gerstenmaier, SpaceX's vice president for build and flight reliability, said SpaceX and NASA managers cleared the Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket for the crew launch after discussing several technical issues, mostly involving valves.

Those pesky valves ... Faulty valves are a widespread concern across the space industry, responsible for lengthy delays in Boeing's Starliner crew capsule program and various other failures and malfunctions. SpaceX isn't immune to valve problems, but the company can recover from them more quickly. An isolation valve in the propulsion system of a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule became stuck during a June resupply mission to the space station, and a valve caused a liquid oxygen leak on a recent SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. These issues didn't threaten the success of those missions and have now been resolved to the satisfaction of SpaceX and NASA managers before the upcoming astronaut launch.
While the NASA webcast host stated that the booster entry burn would last “about 10 seconds” it appeared to me that it was no more than 3 seconds.

These NASA crew flights are getting so routine that very few SpaceX employees were standing outside of the Hawthorne control room.

There is supposed to be another American spacecraft taking crew to the ISS but I’ve now forgotten the name of the company… ;)