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NASA SpaceX Crew-3 launch: schedule, times, how to watch live

Carried by a Falcon 9 rocket, the Crew Dragon Endurance is to launch from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Wednesday, carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on November 09, 2021 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket is being prepared for the third attempt to launch t

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station is due to launch on Wednesday evening, having been hit by a series of delays.

Originally due for launch on 31 October, the flight has been pushed back three times - twice due to the weather, once because of a “minor medical issue” affecting one of its crew members.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft is now scheduled to lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, no earlier than 9:03pm ET on Wednesday 10 November.

Find out what time the Crew-3 mission launches wherever you are in the world

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, ahead of Wednesday's launch.
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, ahead of Wednesday's launch.JOE RAEDLEAFP

Crew-3 mission set to dock with ISS on Thursday evening

The Crew Dragon Endurance is then due to dock with the International Space Station at 7:10pm ET on Thursday 11 November.

On board the Crew-3 flight will be NASA astronauts Raja Chari (mission commander), Tom Marhsburn (pilot) and Kayla Barron (mission specialist).

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer (mission specialist) will also be a part of the crew, which is to spend six months on the ISS as part of a science mission.

How to watch the NASA SpaceX Crew-3 launch

You can watch both Wednesday’s launch and Thursday’s ISS docking on NASA TV on the agency’s website. Pre-launch coverage begins at 4:45pm ET.

You'll also be able to watch live from 4:45pm ET on the SpaceX website.

Crew-2 mission sets US space flight record

The Crew-3 flight, the third with astronauts on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon craft, follows the safe return of the Crew-2 mission earlier this week.

NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, the ESA’s Thomas Pesquet and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Akihiko Hoshide splashed down aboard the Crew Dragon Endeavour in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, after a 199-day mission to the ISS.

This beat the record for the longest ever space flight by a US crewed craft, previously held by the members of the Crew-1 mission, which spent 168 days in orbit between November 2020 and May 2021.


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