- On Friday, April 23 at 5:49 a.m. EDT, NASA and SpaceX plan to launch four Crew-2 mission astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
- This is the third crewed mission to the ISS using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule.
- The crew will spend six months aboard the ISS and conduct a series of science experiments.
NASA and SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission is scheduled to lift off from Launchpad 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center just before 6 a.m. EDT on Friday morning. The four astronauts will arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) almost 24 hours after launch and will begin a 6-month-long mission aboard the ISS.
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You can watch a livestream of the launch right here, starting at 1:30 a.m. EDT:
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NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur (who is married to NASA astronaut and Demo-2 mission test pilot Bob Behnken), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet have spent several months training for the expedition. One of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets will carry the Crew Dragon capsule and its occupants to orbit before returning to Earth for reuse on a future mission.
Just after 5 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 24, the astronauts will dock with the ISS and join the Crew-1 team—NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, plus JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi—as well as NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, who arrived at the ISS on April 9 via Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.
This will be the third crewed launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon vehicle, which NASA selected—along with Boeing’s Starliner capsule—more than a decade ago to ferry astronauts to the ISS as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Later this year, Boeing and NASA will conduct a second demonstration of the company’s capsule after a 2019 uncrewed test flight ended early due to a number of software issues.
Last May, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley blasted off from the very same launchpad at Kennedy Space Center, becoming the first humans to travel to the ISS in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and the first NASA astronauts to lift off from American soil in 9 years. The duo splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico (and were immediately swarmed by a flotilla of civilian boats) after a 2-month-long mission.
Then, last November, Crew-1 astronauts Walker, Glover, Hopkins, and Noguchi launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. They have about month to go in their roughly 6-month mission.
In a fun twist, the Crew Dragon capsule that will ferry the Crew-2 astronauts to the ISS is the same one that safely carried Behnken and Hurley there almost a year earlier.
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