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Walkout

Who are the support astronauts for the family?
One is Hansen for sure. And maybe Kimiya Yui and Alvin Drew?

I thought I saw Reid Wiseman in the side shot after the crew stopped in front of their families. Couldn't make out the Japanese astronaut with Koichi's supporters.

And I guessed the guy taking pictures of Nicole Mann and her kids was Andre Douglas.
Liftoff for St. Jude's! Go Dragon, Go Falcon, Godspeed Inspiration4!

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Boarding Process for Dragon Endurance Underway

James Cawley Posted on October 5, 2022

Crew-5 crew members are now boarding the Dragon spacecraft, Endurance. As the crewmates board, their seats are configured in the upright position; later, prior to closure of the spacecraft’s side hatch, the seats will be rotated into a reclined position for flight.

All four crew members signed the inside of the White Room, an area at the end of the crew access arm that provides access to the spacecraft. The term “White Room” dates back to the Gemini program. To honor tradition, the room is still painted white today.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/kennedy/2022/10/05/boarding-process-for-dragon-endurance-underway/

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https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1577656065713479682

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Crew-5 seat rotation to launch position.

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Communication Checks Completed, Seats Being Rotated to Launch Position

James Cawley Posted on October 5, 2022

Launch configuration communication checks have been executed, with no issues. The seats are being rotated into position for launch.

The seating order inside SpaceX’s Dragon, named Endurance, from left to right is: Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, NASA astronaut Nicole Mann, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata.

Liftoff of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission, is less than 2.5 hours away (noon EDT).

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2022/10/05/communication-checks-completed-seats-being-rotated-to-launch-position/

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twitter.com/emspeck/status/1577659054025056257

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SpaceX crews coming back into the Dragon capsule to double check @astro_josh's suit for leaks. Teams saw a higher pressure reading than during the wet dress rehearsal the other day. They'll check zippers, etc. Still plenty of time in the countdown. #Crew5

https://twitter.com/emspeck/status/1577661128406171652

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After "verifying zippers" SpaceX is going to repeat the suit leak checks now.

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https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1577661919367946243

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SpaceX proceeding with the countdown after double-checking the suits.

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Launch Less Than Two Hours Away

James Cawley Posted on October 5, 2022

Coming up soon, technicians will close the hatch to the Dragon, sealing the astronauts inside for their historic journey to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission. About 45 minutes prior to the targeted liftoff, the SpaceX launch director will conduct a poll of NASA and SpaceX mission managers to see if they are ready for launch.

With a successful “Go for launch” decision, the crew access arm will be retracted, the crew will close their visors, the launch escape system will be activated in the event of a contingency, and SpaceX will begin loading propellant into the Falcon 9 rocket for launch.

The Crew-5 flight will carry NASA astronauts Nicole Mann, commander; Josh Cassada, pilot; and Mission Specialists JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina. Launch is targeted for noon EDT today from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/crew-5/2022/10/05/nasas-spacex-crew-5-launch-less-than-two-hours-away/

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The launch of a Russian cosmonaut on a US capsule will open a new chapter in the US-Russian partnership in orbit. The Russian government is set to review an extension of their work on the space station program past 2024, despite souring relations on Earth.

https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/1577656472657444865

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Crew-5 greets their families and guests as they depart the Operations and Checkout Building en route to Launch Complex 39A ahead of a long-duration science expedition aboard the International Space Station..

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1577655269944877056

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Cosmonaut Anna Kikina is pumped for today’s launch to visit the ISS!  This is the first Russian Cosmonaut to launch on a US Spacecraft since 2002.

https://twitter.com/mdcainjr/status/1577655025907769344

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Close out team have been carefully checking hatch seals and getting ready for hatch closure

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#4Faves of Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina leaving NASA crew quarters at Kennedy Space Center this morning, bound for LC-39A & Crew Dragon Endurance!

https://twitter.com/TrevorMahlmann/status/1577652851383443457

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Astronaut Koichi Wakata waves to the crowd as he is making his way to the Falcon 9 booster for todays liftoff.

https://twitter.com/mdcainjr/status/1577651802744524800

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https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1577662650477051907

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All’s well with suit leak checks. Timeline slightly delayed, but here’s what’s left:

10:05 EDT: Dragon hatch closure
11:18: Crew access arm retracted
11:22: Escape system armed
11:25: Falcon 9 fueling start
11:58: Fueling complete
12:00:11: Final go for launch
12:00:57: Liftoff

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Hatch now closed after further seal checks/cleaning. Now to do leak checks

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