SpaceX launched the Crew-5 astronaut mission for NASA on Oct. 5, 2022 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The four crewmembers heading to the International Space Station for a five-month stay are NASA's Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan's Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina.
Mann is the first Native American woman to reach space, and Kikina is the first Russian to fly with SpaceX.
Into the blue
Crew-5's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule climb into the Florida sky shortly after lifting off on Oct. 5, 2022.
Coming down and going up
The Crew-5 Falcon 9 first stage returns to Earth (left) while the upper stage powers its way to orbit (right) on Oct. 5, 2022.
The Crew-5 Falcon 9 first stage comes down for a successful landing on the SpaceX droneship Just Read the Instructions on Oct. 5, 2022.
The Crew-5 Dragon capsule, named Endurance, separates from its Falcon 9 upper stage about 12 minutes after liftoff on Oct. 5, 2022.
The Crew-5 astronauts enjoy their first taste of microgravity on Oct. 5, 2022.
Going to the pad
The Crew-5 astronauts — from left to right, NASA's Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, Japan's Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina — head to the launch pad ahead of liftoff on Oct. 5, 2022.
Crew-5 hardware on the pad
The Crew-5 Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule stand atop Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida shortly after rolling out on Oct. 1, 2022.
Another shot of the Crew-5 vehicles on the pad shortly after rollout.
Crew-5 astronauts arrive at KSC
From left to right: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, NASA’s Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, and cosmonaut Anna Kikina wave on Oct. 1, 2022, after arriving at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center ahead of SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission launch.
Official Crew-5 portrait
The official crew portrait for SpaceX's Crew-5 mission. From left are Anna Kikina, mission specialist; Josh Cassada, pilot; Nicole Mann, spacecraft commander; and Koichi Wakata, mission specialist.
Training at SpaceX HQ
The SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts are suited up and ready to participate in a crew equipment interface test (CEIT) at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Aug. 13, 2022.
Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.