CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 01: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after its scheduled launch was delayed on November 01, 2021 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket's launch has been postponed to at least Saturday because of what reportedly is a minor medical issue with a crew member. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 01: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after its scheduled launch was delayed on November 01, 2021 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket's launch has been postponed to at least Saturday because of what reportedly is a minor medical issue with a crew member. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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SpaceX Crew-3 Launch for NASA to Blast Off Wednesday

After the NASA/SpaceX launch experienced a series of delays, Crew-3 is set to lift off no earlier than 9:03 P ET from NASA's Kennedy Space Center tomorrow!

Watch SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: CREW-3 LIFT OFF on Science Channel at 8 P ET Wednesday, November 10.

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After previous delays for a crewmember's non-emergency medical issue and poor weather conditions, SpaceX's Crew-3 mission is targeted to launch no earlier than 9:03 pm ET on Wednesday, November 10.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket remain at the Launch Complex ready for their journey tomorrow.

NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer will be aboard the spacecraft. Maurer will serve as mission specialist, staying aboard the ISS for a six-month science mission until April 2022.

SpaceX Crew-3 mission astronauts, from left, Matthias Maurer, mission specialist; Tom Marshburn, pilot; Raja Chari, mission commander, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist, arrive at Kennedy Space Center, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Oct. 26, 2021. The crew was scheduled to liftoff aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship "Endurance" early Sunday, but weather caused a delay until Wednesday. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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SpaceX Crew-3 mission astronauts, from left, Matthias Maurer, mission specialist; Tom Marshburn, pilot; Raja Chari, mission commander, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist, arrive at Kennedy Space Center, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Oct. 26, 2021.

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SpaceX Crew-3 mission astronauts, from left, Matthias Maurer, mission specialist; Tom Marshburn, pilot; Raja Chari, mission commander, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist, arrive at Kennedy Space Center, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Oct. 26, 2021.

After mission teams reviewed launch and return opportunities for both Crew-2 and Crew-3 to and from the International Space Station (ISS), NASA decided to return the SpaceX Crew-2 mission ahead of the Crew-3 launch.

This is the SpaceX Crew Dragon’s third crew rotation and fourth flight with astronauts aboard. Crew-2, whose members included NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, launched in April and splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico Monday night.

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The NASA and SpaceX Crew-2 mission launched on Friday, April 23 at 5:49A ET from the NASA Launch Complex 39A. After a 23-hour journey, Crew-2 successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on April 24 at 5:08A ET. The astronauts will conduct research at the ISS for the next six months.

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Liftoff set for Friday, April 23, at 5:49A EDT marks the second operational flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Four space explorers are heading to the International Space Station for a six-month stay. It will take them 23 hours to reach their destination.

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The NASA and SpaceX Crew-2 mission launched on Friday, April 23 at 5:49A ET from the NASA Launch Complex 39A. This historic milestone marks the second operational mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Onboard was NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. After a 23-hour journey, Crew-2 successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on April 24 at 5:08A ET. Here's everything that happened from launch day to the Crew-2's arrival at the ISS. (Updated April 24, 2021)

Watch the Next NASA and SpaceX Mission on Discovery and Science Channel

On Sunday November 15, NASA and SpaceX team up again for the first operational mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Discovery and Science Channel will be coming to you LIVE from the launch pad for SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: CREW-1 LIFT OFF starting at 5 PM ET.

Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic Successfully Travels to Space

On Sunday, July 11, around 11:30A ET, Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, soared to the edge of space as a passenger aboard Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity. The space plane then landed safely at Spaceport America in New Mexico, making Branson's space tourism dream come true.

What You Need to Know About Blue Origin’s Launch into Space with Billionaire Jeff Bezos

The countdown has begun for Blue Origin’s first crewed spaceflight. On Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 9:00A ET, Jeff Bezos and three crewmates are lifting off into space from Blue Origin’s Launch Site near Van Horn, Texas. Watch SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: BLUE ORIGIN & JEFF BEZOS GO TO SPACE on Discovery and Science Channels at 8:00A ET or at washingtonpost.com.

Expedition 64 to Return Home on April 17

After 185 days in space aboard the ISS, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Kud-Sverchkov are coming home. They are scheduled to land back on Earth in their Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft at 12:56A EDT on Saturday, April 17.

Liftoff of Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-14 Scheduled for January 14

Blue Origin will attempt its next test flight of New Shepard on January 14 at 10:45A ET from Launch Site One in West Texas. Let’s learn more about Mission NS-14.

Expedition 65 to Launch on April 9

On April 9 at 3:42A ET, Expedition 65 will launch with three space travelers aboard a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.

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