Four members of the SpaceX Crew-5 mission pose for a portrait in Crew Dragon flight suits at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. From left to right: mission specialist Anna Kikina from Roskosmos; Pilot Josh Kassada and Commander Nicole Aunapu Mann, both from NASA; and Mission Specialist Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
NASA will hold two media briefings on Monday, September 26, in preparation for the fifth crew rotation flight with SpaceX under the agency’s commercial program.
NASA and SpaceX continue to target 12:46 pm EDT, Monday, October 3, for the launch of the agency’s Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The mission will include NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Kassada, who will serve as mission commander and pilot, respectively, as well as JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, who will serve as mission specialists.
These teammates will go to the space station for a six-month research mission. Plans are also ongoing for the return of NASA SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts after a short transfer to the Crew-5 space station.