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NASA: Crew-6 lifts off for six-month mission

Two Americans, a Russian and a Emirati head to the ISS

NASA's SpaceX Crew-6 taking off from Cape Canaveral (Ben Cooper)

Falcon 9 v.12 FT Block 5 Carrier Rocket #B1078.1 with Crew Dragon C206 Endeavor “Crew-6” manned spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS) launched today, March 2 at 12:34 pm EST (05:34:14 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft separated from the second stage at 05:46 UTC in an initial orbit of 200 km, inclined at 51.6 degrees. NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, commander, and Warren Hoburg, pilot, along with UAE astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev (as mission specialists) travel to the space station for a six-month science mission.

Moments after the spacecraft entered orbit, a SpaceX mission control manager was heard over the radio joking with the crew: "If you enjoyed the ride, please don't forget to give us five stars." Commander Bowen radioed back: "We'd like to thank you for the great orbital trip today."