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LAUNCH OF CREW-3 TO ISS, Oct 31, 2021, KSC, 2:21 am ET

(NASA TV begins 10:00 pm ET Oct 30)

Update, October 21:  NASA has scheduled a series of press briefings beginning on October 25 in connection with the launch.  See our separate calendar entries.

NASA will provide continuous coverage of launch through docking and hatch opening beginning on October 30 at 10:00 pm ET.

If launch takes place on October 31 as planned, docking is Monday, November 1, at 12:10 am ET, hatch opening at 1:50 am ET and the welcoming ceremony at 2:20 am ET.

Update, October 19:  Launch has been reset for October 31 at 2:21 am ET.  October 31 had been the original launch date, but NASA moved it up to October 30. Now it is moving back to the original date “to allow additional time for spacecraft processing.”

If launch takes place on October 31, the four-person crew will dock early in the morning on November 1.

November 3 at 1:10 am ET is the backup launch date and time if anything goes awry on October 31.

Original Entry: NASA and SpaceX will launch the next crew to the International Space Station (ISS) on October 30, 2021 at 2:43 am ET from Kennedy Space Center, FL.  The launch is one day earlier than previously planned.

This is the third operational crewed mission for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon — Crew-3.  It will take three NASA and one ESA astronauts to the ISS.

  • Raja Chari (NASA), commander
  • Tom Marshburn (NASA), pilot
  • Kayla Barron (NASA), mission specialist
  • Matthias Maurer (ESA), mission specialist

October 31 is a backup launch date, at 2:21 am ET.

If launch is on October 30, they will arrive at the ISS 22 hours later,


October 30 @ 10:00 pm
November 1 @ 7:00 am