Written By: Zac Aubert
Published: Wed, Feb 22, 2023 5:20 AM
Latest Update: Wed, Feb 22, 2023 5:28 AM
NASA SpaceX Crew 6 astronauts have arrived at NASA Kennedy Space Center for final launch preparations ahead of their launch to the International Space Station on Monday.
Crew 6 will launch aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavor; atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is scheduled for Monday, February 27 at 1:45am ET (6:45am UTC) begining Crew 6's 6 month mission aboard the International Space Station in low Earth orbit.
NASA Astronaut Stephen Bowen remarked "there is more of you hear than on my last couple shuttle missions". Crew 6 will be Bowen's fourth mission to space, he flew space shuttle missions STS-126 in 2008, STS-132 in 2010, and STS-133 in 2011.
NASA Astronaut Warren Hoburg shared his excitement for the upcoming mission saying "It's amazing how far we've come in the Commercial Crew Program. We weren't launching from Florida when I showed up at NASA, and now here we are on a beautiful day arriving in Florida"
Astronaut Hoburg continued saying "And it's just such an exciting special moment. Amazing crew. We have an amazing team throughout NASA and our industry partners supporting us, and it's just a real honor to be part of this crew. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us on the ISS, and we are excited and ready to get to work."
Russian Cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev (Speaking through an interpreter) thanked all of the personnel who have helped make the upcoming mission possible.
"We have been training for months...and it's all behind us and we are ready to fly. We're ready to go. We just have to do it now. And I would like to thank everyone and good luck to our crew"
UAE Astronaut Sultan Al-Neyadi will be the first UAE astronaut to conduct a long duration mission.
Astronaut Al-Neyadi briefly thanked the many agencies and teams that trained and prepared hime for their upcoming mission saying "We can't thank everybody enough that helped prepare us for this mission... We thank our families, our trainers... I thank my colleagues, my teams. I think we have a great team....I can't ask for more of a team. I think we are ready physically, mentally and technically. And we can't wait to launch to space and conduct the mission."
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