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Crew Access Arm Retracts

11 Nov 2021, 01:20 UTC
Crew Access Arm Retracts
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The crew access arm swings away from SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on Nov. 10, 2021, ahead of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-3 launch. Photo credit: NASA
The crew access arm has retracted, and in just a few minutes, Crew Dragon Endurance’s launch escape system will be armed. This will allow the Crew-3 astronauts to escape safely in the unlikely event of an anomaly from the moment the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off until the time they reach orbit – a timespan of roughly 12 minutes.

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