Crew 4 mission
Crew 4 Astronauts that left for the mission are Jessica Watkins the mission specialist, Kjell Lindgren is the commander of this mission, Samantha Cristoforetti the mission specialist, and Bob Hines the pilot of the mission.
These astronauts are having the mission inside the SpaceX crew Dragon Freedom Spacecraft. Crew 4 has launched from the International Space Station from the launching complex of the 39A at Kennedy Space Centre which is located in Florida. Crew 4 mission launch date is 27th April 2022 and the launching time of crew 4 mission is 3.52 am.
NASA astronauts that are Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and Kjell Lindgren with a European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti are on a mission toward the International Space Station at the space, that is shown in the picture above. They are named Freedom by the crew that is a part of the Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Launch complex 39A.
Steve Stich the manager of the commercial crew program, said that it is hard to believe that they are having the fourth crew rotation flight. He is working at the NASA Johnson Space Center that is in Houston. He said that it felt like we just completed Demo 2 of the mission and today the spacecraft is been launched. He even appreciated the work of Falcon 9 by saying that a great rocket. He even further appreciated the dragon vehicle. He was looking quite excited and glad during the time of the flight.
Launch Travel and Stay
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that is named the Crew Dragons took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as mentioned above.
Upon their arrival in the space at the space station, the Crew 4 astronauts will be welcomed and greeted by NASA astronauts Expedition 67 that are already in the space station.
The four astronauts Lindgren, Hines, Watkins, and Cristoforetti will spend around six months in the Space station, they will spend their time in the microgravity laboratory. They will join the Expedition 67 crew in conducting a number of science and research. They will have their time in the space station to be comfortable as they are also prepared from the earth having the test before.
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The main aim of Crew 4 mission
The Crew astronauts will conduct the experiments such as new and exciting scientific research in the fields of health technologies, material science, and plant science that will prepare for the human exploration beyond the lower earth orbit and the mission will totally be beneficial to the earth.
Experiments that will be done by them would be studies like Organic material concrete, aging of the immune system, and the cardiorespiratory effects that will be during and after long-duration that will exposure to the microgravity.
These are just some of the around 200 scientific missions they will do in the space that will demonstrate what will take place on this mission.
The main mission that would be conducted will be a Protein-Based Artificial Retina Manufacturing experiment test that will manufacture the artificial retinas or retinal implants in the microgravity, this mission would be expected for the production of the product mentioned above.
Traveling to space with the Crew Dragon is part of the German Space Agency, even though they have provided with a smart tex shirt that they will be wearing in the space. The shirts are fitted with Sensors, Wiring, and a communication module that is totally wireless in the space.
The shirt can also measure our heartbeat and the blood pressure in the space. They will have a sonographer or CT scan. This kind of shirt is made in a full excellent way that will be monitoring health in space and this will also work in the Earth.
The latest update about the Crew 4 mission was given on April 27, that is docking to reach the target and the hatch opening, and their welcome ceremony would be done on that day. The live stream was done on the NASA television which showed everything well.
They have currently adopted the nature of the space and have started doing the mission they were assigned. As per NASA, they are getting great information from the crew and the mission is looking successful to date.