On 11th November 2021 at 7.33 a.m. IST NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission is scheduled for launch. This is the third crew rotation flight of the “Crew Dragon spacecraft” and Falcon 9 rocket and will carry four astronauts of Crew-3 Mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Live coverage of this launch event with docking, hatch opening and welcoming ceremony etc.. is scheduled from 3.15 a.m. on https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ . In case of any postponement of the launch on 11 Nov 2021, a backup launch opportunity is planned on 7.10 a.m. IST on November 12.
Astronauts of the Mission visiting International Space Station (ISS) : Present NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission is the third crew flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket developed by Elon Musk-led SpaceX Company.
This mission consists of NASA astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander, Tom Marshburn, pilot, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist plus ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, who also will serve as a mission specialist, to the International Space Station.
Reaching International Space Station on 12 Nov 2021: If everything goes as planned the Crew Dragon Spacecraft is expected to reach International Space Station at 5.40 a.m. on 12 November 2021. Live Coverage of Hatch Opening of the Crew-3 Crew Dragon at the ISS, Welcoming Ceremony for the Crew-3 Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station is planned between 5.40 a.m. to 7.50 a.m. on 12 Nov 2021. PLANETARY SOCIETY, INDIA WISHES ALL THE BEST FOR THE MISSION AND RAJA CHARI FOR HIS MAIDEN SPACE FLIGHT.
What is International Space Station (ISS)?
The International Space Station (ISS) is a modular space station (habitable artificial satellite) in low Earth orbit. It is a multinational collaborative project involving five participating space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).
The space station is approximately the size of a football field. This 460-ton space station orbits earth 400 km above. The crew members of this permanently crewed platform station are replaced through Crew Rotation Missions at regular intervals. Whereas ration & other supplies are sent using unmanned flights.
Flying at 28 800 km/h around Earth it takes 92 minutes for this weightless laboratory to make a complete circuit of Earth. As of December 2020 in over two decades ISS completed 1,31,440 around Earth @15.49 orbits per day.
WHAT IS US NASA Artemis Programme?
The Artemis program is a United States-led international human spaceflight program. Its primary goal is to return humans to the Moon, specifically the lunar south pole, by 2024-25.
Who is ASTRONAUT RAJA CHARI? How was he Selected and Trained to be Astronaut?
Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari, 43 is an American citizen of Indian Origin. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, MIT, and US Naval Test Pilot School and has over 2,000 flying hours which includes F-35, F-15, F-16, and F-18. In July 2017 he was selected from over 18300 applicants to be among 12 Members selected for “NASA Astronaut Group 22” and underwent two years of astronaut training from Aug 2017.
While November 11 will be the first flight of Chari to space. This U.S. Air Force Colonel still ha
s extensive flight experience. Before reporting to NASA he has flown combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and also deployed overseas in support of the Korean peninsula.
Raja Chari is a person of Indian Origin & an American Citizen. Does he have roots in Mahabubnagar, Telangana?
Raja’s father, Sreenivas Chari, did an engineering degree from Osmania University before moving to America. In 2010 Sreenivas Chari expired. Raja’s grandfather, a native of Mahabubnagar, was a Mathematics professor at Osmania University and died very early in 1955. Raja has visited Hyderabad thrice, where many of his close relatives live.
Will Astronaut Raja Chari Land on Surface of Moon. In NASA's ARTEMIS Prog or Later?
On 9 December 2020 US Government announced an initial team of NASA astronauts – the Artemis Team consisting of 18 astronauts (9 male and 9 female), for the back to the moon “Artemis” Program. Astronaut Raja Chari was selected to be part of this group of astronauts who will pave the way for the next lunar missions under the Artemis Programme returning Americans Astronauts to the surface of the Moon. Planetary Society India hopes though Raja Chari though selected for initial missions of Artemis Programme may one day land on the surface of the Moon.
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