The astronauts who will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station have finished training and are ready to go. The SpaceX Crew-3 mission will carry NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer aboard a Crew Dragon launched on a Falcon 9 rocket to the space station. The mission is set for liftoff Saturday, Oct. 30, from our Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Raja Chari is commander of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Crew-3 mission. This will be the first spaceflight for Chari, who became a NASA astronaut in 2017. He joins the mission with extensive experience as a test pilot and has accumulated more than 2,500 hours of flight time in his career.
Tom Marshburn is the Crew Dragon pilot and second in command for the mission. Prior to serving in the astronaut corps, the medical doctor served as flight surgeon at our Johnson Space Center. Crew-3 will be his third visit to the space station and his second long-duration mission.
Kayla Barron is a mission specialist for Crew-3, which also is her first spaceflight since joining NASA in 2017. Once aboard the station, she will become a flight engineer for Expedition 66. Barron earned her submarine warfare officer qualification and deployed three times while serving aboard the USS Maine.
Matthias Maurer also will serve as a mission specialist for Crew-3, working with the commander and pilot to monitor the spacecraft during the dynamic launch and re-entry phases of flight. He will become a long-duration crew member aboard the space station.
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