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Postpone the release of “Falcon 9” by 24 hours

Thursday – 2 Shaaban 1444 AH – 23 February 2023 AD Issue no [16158]

Washington: “Middle East”

The American space agency (NASA) announced on Tuesday that it will postpone the “Falcon 9” rocket scheduled to carry four astronauts on Sunday by 24 hours. To the International Space Station, according to “AFP”. .
Americans Stephen Bunn and Warren Hoberg, Russian Andrey Vidyav and Emirati Sultan Al Neyadi were scheduled to launch at 02:07 (07:07 GMT) on Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but the operation was postponed. until next Monday (01:45) (06:45 GMT), according to NASA officials.
The four astronauts are scheduled to spend six months in orbit on the International Space Station. They arrived in Florida on Tuesday and began final preparations for the mission.
“We’re a little bit behind schedule when we look at the work that’s left in front of us, getting the (capsule) Dragon and (rocket) Falcon 9 ready for launch,” said Steve Stitch, a crew officer. commercial flight program at NASA, told reporters. We need more time.
Steve Stich, after reviewing the readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, pointed out the need to solve several problems before launch, including conducting additional analyzes of the thermal performance of some of the outer shell cells in the space capsule.
Members of the SpaceX Dragon Crew-6 mission will complete a five-day pick-up and drop-off mission with four Dragon Crew-5 crew members who have completed their mission from the International Space Station, agency officials said. October.
At the same time, the Russian space agency indicated on Tuesday that the three astronauts stranded on the International Space Station due to an unexpected leak will return to space in September, a year after their launch.

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