The countdown clock for NASA's SpaceX Crew-6 mission
A look at the iconic countdown clock at Kennedy Space Center’s NASA News Center on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission is set to launch from the Florida Spaceport Thursday, March 2, at 12:34 a.m. EST. Photo credit: NASA/Mike Chambers

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 science mission includes cutting edge research aimed at keeping astronauts and spacecraft safe during deep space exploration, and studies that could lead to improved medical treatments for humans back on Earth.

Experiments include studies of how particular materials burn in microgravity, tissue chip research on heart, brain, and cartilage functions, and an investigation that will collect microbial samples from the outside of the International Space Station. These are just some of the more than 200 science experiments and technology demonstrations that will take place during the mission.

Liftoff is now about four hours away (12:34 a.m. EST) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will fly NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev to the International Space Station for up to six months.

Stay with us as the countdown continues; we’ll keep you updated on the key milestones throughout this important mission. Starting at 9 p.m. EST, there will be a live broadcast on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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