On Wednesday, January 18th, NASA is set to take an exciting step forward in space exploration. Astronaut Frank Rubio will be moving from the Russian Soyuz spacecraft over to Endurance – a Dragon spacecraft that’s been flying SpaceX’s ongoing Crew-5 mission for NASA. Both vehicles are currently docked at the International Space Station (ISS).
This move marks a significant milestone in space exploration as it is the first time that an astronaut has ever switched between two different types of crewed spacecraft while they were both docked at ISS. This unprecedented event demonstrates not only our technological capabilities but also highlights how far we have come since humans first began venturing into outer space more than 60 years ago.
The transfer process itself will begin with Rubio entering Endurance and then conducting safety checks before he can officially switch ships and become part of SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission team. The entire operation should last about three hours or so depending on any potential issues that may arise during this historic transition period for humanity’s journey into deep space exploration endeavors beyond Earth orbit . Once complete, all systems should be ready for continued operations aboard Endurance as it continues its mission around Earth’s orbit with four astronauts onboard: Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover Jr., Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said “This groundbreaking event marks yet another accomplishment by our incredible teams who continue to make history every day.” He added “We are proud of everyone involved in making this happen safely and look forward to seeing what else we can achieve together.” Indeed! Let us all celebrate this momentous occasion!
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