New crew heading to International Space Station

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A new crew is heading to the International Space Station (ISS).

The crew of five lifted off into the skies from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida last week. The mission was delayed a few days because of Hurricane Ian.

One of the Nasa astronauts on board, Nicole Mann, becomes the first native American woman in space and she’s also the first woman to command a ‘Crew Dragon’ capsule.

Nicole is the commander of the mission and hopes this “will inspire young Native American children to follow their dreams,” she said.

Other members of the crew include Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina, another Nasa astronaut, John Cassada, as well as Japan’s Koichi Wakta.

The new crew have about 250 scientific investigations planned. They will be looking at things such as growing tomatoes and carrying out some space walks.

They will also carry out research into heart disease and microgravity – which is where objects and people appear to be weightless.

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