NASA advised to reuse first stage of Falcon 9 rocket up to 5 times

SpaceX originally planned to fly NASA’s Crew-5 crewed mission in early September, but the Falcon 9 rocket that was planned to be used for this mission was inspected and found to have problems with parts, and the launch was delayed for several weeks. Until then, Sandra Magnus, a former astronaut and a member of NASA’s Aviation Safety Advisory Committee, recommended that the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket for crewed flights and the spacecraft carrying astronauts be reused up to five times. Crew-5 consists of four astronauts, including NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Russian astronaut Anna Kikina. NASA and Roscosmos just agreed to use each other’s rockets.

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