SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronaut mission for NASA: Live updates



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2021-10-28T14:23:19.469Z
SpaceX test-fires Falcon 9 for Crew Three launch(Image credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)SpaceX efficiently check fired the Falcon 9 rocket for its Crew-3 astronaut mission for NASA right this moment (Oct. 28), clearing the way in which for a deliberate Halloween launch to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 rocket, which has flown as soon as earlier than on the uncrewed CRS-22 cargo mission for NASA, fired up is 9 first-stage Merlin engines for a quick static-fire check atop Launch Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting Sunday, October 31 at 2:21 a.m. EDT for launch of Dragon’s fifth human spaceflight,” SpaceX wrote in an replace.SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission for NASA will launch 4 astronauts to the International Space Station to hitch the present Expedition 66 crew. The Crew-Three group contains NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer. Chari will command the mission with Marshburn as pilot. Marshburn has flown in area earlier than, whereas the opposite crew astronauts will make their first flight.

2021-10-27T23:45:07.791Z
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rolls out to launch pad(Image credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)The Falcon 9 rocket set to launch SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronaut mission into area on Oct. 31 rolled out to its Pad 39A launch web site Wednesday (Oct. 27) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon 9, which has flown as soon as earlier than, will launch a brand new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule referred to as Endurance to the International Space Station for NASA’s Crew-3 astronaut flight. Riding aboard will probably be NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer. TThe astronauts spoke with reporters earlier Wednesday, sooner or later after arriving on the launch web site. 

2021-10-27T12:39:38.512Z
SpaceX Crew-Three astronauts arrive at Florida launch web site(Image credit score: NASA/Kim Shiflett)The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-Three launch to the International Space Station for NASA have arrived at their Kennedy Space Center launch web site in Florida and prepared for  their Halloween liftoff on Oct. 31.Crew-Three commander Raja Chari, pilot Tom Marshburn, mission specialist Kayla Barron (all of NASA) and mission specialist Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency are actually of their remaining days forward of their launch. They will launch to the station at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT) and arrive on the station on early Monday morning. Space.com contributor Amy Thompson captured the crew’s arrival right here.

2021-10-27T12:24:18.542Z
SpaceX Crew-Three astronauts meet the pressThe 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-Three launch for NASA are taking questions from the press forward of their Halloween launch to the International Space Station. You can watch it within the window on the high of this web page.

2021-10-26T17:05:36.481Z
SpaceX Crew-Three astronauts head to launch siteUPDATE: NASA now reviews the SpaceX Crew-3 astronaut arrival occasion on the Kennedy Space Center will start round 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT).SpaceX’s Crew-3 Dragon capsule is in its hangar at Launch Pad 39A to fulfill its Falcon 9 rocket and the mission’s four-astronaut crew is because of arrive on the launch web site later right this moment.The Crew-Three astronauts are anticipated to land at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility right this moment at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT) and you’ll watch their arrival dwell. NASA’s webcast of the crew’s arrival will seem on the high of this web page, in addition to on our Crew-Three webcasts web page. 

2021-10-26T11:51:53.782Z
SpaceX is ‘go’ for Halloween Crew-Three launchThe model new Crew Dragon capsule Endurance arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center forward of the Crew-Three launch to the International Space Station on Oct. 31. (Image credit score: SpaceX)SpaceX and NASA have cleared the Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance and its Falcon 9 rocket to launch 4 astronauts to the International Space Station on Halloween (Oct. 31) on the Crew-3 mission. The name got here late final evening after a Flight Readiness Review. You can learn our full story by Mike Wall for particulars.Liftoff stays set for early Sunday at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT) from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX is working to wrap up one remaining problem earlier than flight: a slight redesign of the Crew Dragon’s bathroom. In September, bathroom issues throughout SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 flight revealed {that a} tube resulting in a urine storage tank had popped unfastened, permitting urine right into a fan system as a substitute of its meant tank. For the Crew-Three flight, SpaceX is revamping the bathroom system to incorporate an all-welded construction that might stop comparable tube separations. Once SpaceX completes its work, NASA should log off on the change, one thing that’s anticipated in coming days.

2021-10-25T18:16:44.433Z
NASA talks launch plans for SpaceX’s Crew-3 missionThe astronauts of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission pose for a portrait of their spacesuits throughout a coaching session. From left are: NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Thomas Marshburn, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer. (Image credit score: SpaceX)NASA and SpaceX mission managers are assembly right this moment in a Flight Readiness Review assembly that may resolve if SpaceX’s subsequent crewed mission for NASA is prepared for liftoff. Called Crew-3, SpaceX’s subsequent astronaut mission for NASA will launch three American astronauts and one European Space Agency astronaut to the International Space Station on a six-month mission. Liftoff is about for Oct. 31 (Halloween) at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT). The crew contains mission commander Raja Chari and mission specialists Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, all from NASA, and European astronaut Matthias Maurer. SpaceX and NASA will maintain a media teleconference tonight to debate right this moment’s Flight Readiness Review assembly and you’ll pay attention in dwell. That briefing will start no sooner than 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) tonight. You can watch dwell on the high of this web page or instantly from NASA right here.

2021-04-24T12:12:34.732Z
11 crewmembers on area station(Image credit score: NASA TV)The joint crews of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission and the International Space Station have joined as much as type one huge group of 11 individuals in orbit. “We’re so excited to be here, we’re ready to get to work,” Crew-2 pilot Megan McArthur informed performing NASA astronaut Steve Jurczyk after getting into the station. There will not be 11 individuals collectively on the area station for lengthy. The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission, which launched in November 2020, will return to Earth on April 28, leaving seven crewmembers behind. You’ll have the ability to discover that mission protection right here with dwell touchdown updates and protection. The Crew-2 astronauts, in the meantime, will keep onboard for the subsequent six months. That will wrap up our dwell protection for Crew-2’s launch and docking. Thanks for becoming a member of us. 

2021-04-24T11:12:13.567Z
Hatches open between Crew Dragon, StationThe hatches are formally open between SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon capsule and the International Space Station. Crew-2 astronauts opened the ultimate hatch between their two spacecraft at 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT) as the 2 automobiles sailed 267 miles over the South Pacific Ocean. The Crew Dragon crew will set up some ducts for air circulation earlier than getting into the station. Inside the station, the station’s Expedition 64 crew is eagerly awaiting their new crewmates. 

2021-04-24T10:17:11.167Z
SpaceX Crew-2 docks at area stationSpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon spacecraft efficiently docked itself on the International Space Station Saturday (April 24), making historical past as the primary used SpaceX capsule to ferry astronauts to the orbiting lab. The Crew Dragon Endeavour docked on the area station at 5:08 a.m. EDT (0908 GMT) to ship NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide of Japan and Thomas Pesquet of France to their new dwelling for the subsequent six months. After a sequence of leak checks, the hatches between Endeavour and the area station will probably be opened at 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT). A welcome ceremony with all 11 of the astronauts on the station is predicted at 7:45 a.m. EDT. Image 1 of threeSpaceX’s Crew-2 Crew Dragon Endeavour arrives on the International Space Station with 4 astronauts aboard in a clean docking on April 24, 2021 sooner or later after launching into orbit. (Image credit score: NASA TV)Image 2 of threeSpaceX’s Crew-2 Crew Dragon Endeavour arrives on the International Space Station with 4 astronauts aboard in a clean docking on April 24, 2021 sooner or later after launching into orbit. (Image credit score: NASA TV)Image Three of threeThe International Space Station and SpaceX’s Crew-1 Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience (high) may be seen on this digital camera view from the Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour throughout docking operations on April 24, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)

2021-04-24T02:36:53.323Z
Crew-2 astronauts wake for docking dayThe 4 Crew-2 astronauts have woke up in orbit aboard the Crew Dragon Endeavour for what will probably be their docking day on the International Space Station. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur (each of NASA), Akihiko Hoshide of Japan and Thomas Pesquet of France awoke at simply after 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT) to start out their Flight Day 2. Endeavour is scheduled to dock itself on the area station on Saturday, April 24, at 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT) after a sequence of orbital maneuvers, a flyaround of the station and shutting burns to dock on the ahead port of the station’s U.S.-built Harmony module.

2021-04-23T18:26:42.426Z
Elon Musk: “Feels like a dream”SpaceX founder Elon Musk answered questions throughout a information convention held on April 23, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)Speaking throughout a information convention held shortly after launch, SpaceX founder Elon Musk talked about how essential it was for the corporate to be flying crew. “I’m just really proud of the SpaceX team and honored to be partnered with NASA and helping with JAXA and ESA as well,” he stated. Read extra right here

2021-04-23T16:11:18.109Z
Amazing pictures of Crew-2 launch(Image credit score: Amy Thompson)SpaceX’s Crew-2 astronaut launch for NASA painted the predawn sky with dazzling colours and the pictures are simply spectacular. This picture, taken by Space.com contributor Amy Thompson, reveals SpaceX’s Falcon 9 1st stage and 2nd stage after separation. Check out another really wonderful pictures of SpaceX’s Crew-2 launch right here!

2021-04-23T11:31:18.653Z
NASA, SpaceX to carry post-launch press conferenceNASA and SpaceX are anticipated to carry a press convention at round 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT) to debate right this moment’s profitable launch to the International Space Station. You can comply with that press convention within the livestream above or by visiting right here.

2021-04-23T10:45:15.966Z
Crew Dragon Endeavour chasing area stationSpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour is chasing the International Space Station in what will probably be a 23-hour flight to the orbiting laboratory. Endeavour has carried out a “phasing burn” one in every of a number of maneuvers to maintain the spacecraft on observe to reach on the International Space Station on Saturday, April 24. Docking is about for 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT).The 4 Crew-2 astronauts will quickly take off their modern SpaceX-issue spacesuits and don extra snug garments for journey to the area station.

2021-04-23T10:06:37.866Z
Crew Dragon safely in orbitFollowing a spectacular early morning launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, Crew Dragon and its crew of 4 astronauts are safely in orbit.Crew Dragon has separated from the Falcon’s second stage, nosecone deploy is developing because the spacecraft is starting its strategy to the International Space Station.

2021-04-23T10:00:46.789Z
Touchdown! Falcon 9 1st stage nails touchdown at seaThe first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for right this moment’s Crew-2 launch has efficiently landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You within the Atlantic Ocean following right this moment’s astronaut launch for NASA. This marks the second touchdown for this Falcon 9 rocket and the second crewed flight. It launched NASA’s Crew-1 astronaut mission to the International Space Station in November 2020. 

2021-04-23T09:50:28.904Z
LIFTOFF! Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon heading for orbit(Image credit score: NASA TV) The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft has lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. NASA Crew-2 commander Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur are reporting that the launch automobile and spacecraft are performing nominally as they start the 12-minute climb to orbit.

2021-04-23T09:45:51.772Z
Falcon 9 & Crew Dragon: T-minus 5 minutes and countingThe Crew Dragon spacecraft has transitioned to inside energy for this morning’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 5:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.The Falcon 9 propellant tanks have been topped off with liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1). As the countdown nears T-0, flight computer systems will assess the Falcon 9 engine steering system and the automobile’s propellant tanks will probably be pressurized to flight stress. At T-minus 3.Three seconds, the engine controller instructions the Merlin engines ignition sequence to commerce, constructing as much as most energy for launchIn the Crew Dragon spacecraft, Crew-2 mission commander Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur are conducting remaining launch preparations, assisted by mission specialists Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet.No technical points are being labored. Weather circumstances are ‘Green.’ GO FOR LAUNCH! Here’s a abstract of the ultimate countdown and ascent to orbit milestones:-00:01:00  Command flight laptop to start remaining prelaunch checks -00:01:00  Propellant tank pressurization to flight stress begins -00:00:45  SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch -00:00:03  Engine controller instructions engine ignition sequence to start out -00:00:00  Falcon 9 liftoff +00:00:58  Max Q (second of peak mechanical stress on the rocket) +00:02:33  1st stage predominant engine cutoff (MECO) +00:02:36  1st and 2nd phases separate +00:02:44  2nd stage engine begins +00:07:15  1st stage entry burn +00:08:47  2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1) +00:08:52  1st stage entry burn +00:09:22  1st stage touchdown +00:12:00  Crew Dragon separates from 2nd stage +00:12:46  Dragon nosecone open sequence begins 

2021-04-23T09:40:48.195Z
Falcon 9 & Crew Dragon: T-minus 10 minutes and counting The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet  onboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft, has been cleared for launch at 5:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT).The mission administration group has been polled and all have reported ‘Go for launch.’ The 4 astronauts are strapped into their seats, working by means of pre-launch checklists and are carefully monitoring spacecraft techniques in preparation for their ascent to orbit.No technical or automobile points are being labored presently, with little or no chatter on the inner communication loops. Weather circumstances and the Eastern Range are ‘Green’ for launch.

2021-04-23T09:08:28.590Z
Falcon 9 ‘GO’ for propellant loadFalcon 9 has been cleared to start propellant loading. The SpaceX launch director has simply given the OK to start out fueling the primary stage of the 215 foot-tall (65 meter) two-stage Falcon 9 launch automobile, which is powered by liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1).The crew entry arm is being retracted and Crew Dragon’s emergency launch escape system will probably be armed, making ready the spacecraft to separate from the launch automobile within the unlikely occasion of anomaly on the pad or throughout ascent. Once the system is armed, propellant loading will quickly comply with.Crew Dragon options a sophisticated abort system with eight SuperDraco engines and a sequence of parachutes that may be activated instantaneously from the second they’re armed on the launch pad all through orbital insertion.The 4 astronauts have simply closed and locked their visors in preparation for launch. The SpaceX launch group isn’t working any technical points presently with Falcon 9 or Crew Dragon. Weather is presently ‘Green’ for launch.Launch is scheduled for 5:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT).

2021-04-23T08:33:25.483Z
Closeout Crew Departs Launch PadRock, paper, scissors!The crew goes by means of their steps forward of schedule and are passing the additional time aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft with a few rounds of the sport. pic.twitter.com/1MUSHQUnyiApril 23, 2021See extraSpaceX’s closeout crew has departed Launch Pad 39A forward of right this moment’s Crew-2 astronaut launch on a Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endeavour. Today’s countdown has proceeded easily, with no climate or automobile issues. NASA has captured some video of the Crew-2 astronauts enjoying Rock, Paper, Scissors inside Endeavour after hatch closure. Check it out above.Update: That hand sign sport by the Crew-2 astronauts was not, actually, Rock Paper Scissors, however a sport astronaut Thomas Pesquet performed as a child rising up in France, per NASA.

2021-04-23T08:10:20.440Z
Countdown continuing easilyThe countdown is continuing easily for this morning’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Liftoff is scheduled for 5:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT).Communication checks between the launch group, flight controllers and the spacecraft have been accomplished.The launch group is fastidiously reviewing automobile information to resolve if fueling operations can start; shortly, the SpaceX launch director is predicted to present the OK to start out loading propellants into the 215 foot-tall (65 meter) two-stage Falcon 9 launch automobile. Falcon 9 is powered by liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1).The launch group isn’t working any technical points presently. 

2021-04-23T07:43:50.019Z
Crew Dragon hatch closed for launch(Image credit score: NASA TV)Crew Dragon’s Endeavour hatch has been closed and latched for flight, the 4 astronauts are strapped into their seats and preparations are progressing easily for this morning’s Falcon 9 launch try from Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center – the second operational mission to the International Space Station within the Commercial Crew Program.SpaceX’s black-clad close-out crew are about 16 minutes forward of schedule for their launch prep work.Crew-2 mission commander Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur have accomplished air-to-ground communications checks to make sure that the 4 astronauts can discuss to flight controllers and one another in the course of the spacecraft’s ascent to orbit. Suit leak checks have additionally been accomplished.Launch is scheduled for 5:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT). The launch group isn’t monitoring any technical points; launch climate forecast stays favorable, with a 90 p.c chance of acceptable circumstances at launch time.

2021-04-23T07:34:28.603Z
All 4 Crew-2 astronauts aboard Crew Dragon Endeavour(Image credit score: NASA TV)All 4 Crew-2 astronauts have boarded their SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour for right this moment’s predawn launch to the International Space Station. You can see them within the NASA TV picture above. From left, they’re: ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. The astronauts have closed their SpaceX spacesuit helmets for leak checks and swiveled their seats upward into launch place for right this moment’s launch at 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT). 

2021-04-23T07:08:44.550Z
2 astronauts have boarded Crew DragonNASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Meghan McArthur are actually contained in the Crew Dragon. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will board subsequent. 

2021-04-23T07:03:59.526Z
Astronauts arrive on the launch padImage 1 of threeCrew-2 astronauts put together to board the Crew Dragon. (Image credit score: NASA TV)Image 2 of threeCrew-2 astronauts put together to board the Crew Dragon. (Image credit score: NASA TV)Image Three of threeCrew-2 astronauts put together to board the Crew Dragon. (Image credit score: NASA TV)The 4 Crew-2 astronauts have arrived at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the place they’ll raise off lower than three hours from now. In about 15 minutes the astronauts will start to board the Crew Dragon Endeavour. 

2021-04-23T06:11:06.329Z
Crew-2 astronauts are nearly carried out suiting upImage 1 of 4The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts go well with up contained in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 23, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)Image 2 of 4The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts go well with up contained in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 23, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)Image Three of 4The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts go well with up contained in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 23, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)Image Four of 4The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts go well with up contained in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 23, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet are nearly completed stepping into their SpaceX spacesuits forward of their flight. The crew is scheduled to go away the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at 2:29 a.m. EDT (0629 GMT) and board their Tesla Model X automobiles, wherein they are going to be pushed to Launch Complex 39A. They are scheduled to reach on the launch web site at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 GMT). 

2021-04-23T05:40:24.011Z
NASA’s Crew-2 launch webcast is dwell now!SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are illuminated by spotlights on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A because the countdown continues for the launch of the Crew-2 mission, on Friday (April 23), at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Image credit score: Joel Kowsky/NASA)NASA’s dwell broadcast of the SpaceX Crew-2 launch to the International Space Station has begun! We are simply over 4 hours away from liftoff, which is scheduled for 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT). You can watch the launch dwell right here and discover extra details about NASA’s Crew-2 webcasts right here. 

2021-04-22T22:01:10.810Z
SpaceX launch could also be seen from the US East Coast(Image credit score: Eduardo R. )(Image credit score: Joe Rao/Space.com)SpaceX’s Crew-2 astronaut launch will liftoff from Florida’s Space Coast earlier than dawn on Friday, April 23, and there is a probability for observers alongside the U.S. East Coast to see the rocket’s ascent into orbit. According to Space.com columnist Joe Rao, skywatchers with clear skies have an opportunity to see the second stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket because it streaks towards area. Exactly when the Falcon 9 will probably be seen, and for how lengthy, relies on your location alongside the East Coast.You can see tips about when and how you can see the SpaceX launch in our full story right here.

2021-04-22T19:26:27.735Z
SpaceX prepared for Crew-2 launch(Image credit score: Space.com/Amy Thompson)SpaceX is lower than a day away from launching the Crew-2 astronauts to the International Space Station. As with each SpaceX launch for NASA, you’ll watch the mission dwell on-line. NASA’s webcast will start at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0630 GMT) after which run repeatedly by means of docking on the area station on Saturday. Here’s our full preview for Friday’s launch from contributor Amy Thompson in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

2021-04-21T12:54:51.382Z
Crew-2 Launch Delayed(Image credit score: Joel Kowsky/NASA)NASA and SpaceX have delayed the launch of the Crew-2 astronaut mission to the International Space Station to no sooner than Friday, April 23 as a consequence of dangerous climate downrange. Liftoff is now set for 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT). “Although conditions around the launch site were expected to be favorable for liftoff, mission teams also must consider conditions along the flight path and recovery area in the unlikely event of a launch escape,” NASA officers stated in an announcement right this moment.You can learn our full story on the launch delay right here.

2021-04-17T12:43:09.842Z
Crew-2 astronauts arrive at launch web siteFrom left to proper, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet pose for a photograph after arriving on the Launch and Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on April 16, 2021. The quartet will go to the area station on SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission, which is scheduled to launch on April 22. (Image credit score: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)The 4 astronauts of NASA’s Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station have arrived at their Kennedy Space Center launch web site for an April 22 launch on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour and Falcon 9 rocket. The crew, NASA astronauts Shanek Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, arrived at KSC’s Launch and Landing Facility (a former Shuttle Landing Facility). They are scheduled to launch on April 22 at 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT). Today (April 17), the Crew-2 astronauts will maintain a digital press convention at 9:45 a.m. EDT (1345 GMT). You can watch it dwell on this web page and right here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. 

2021-04-15T21:40:00.966Z
One week to launch for SpaceX’s Crew-2The crew for SpaceX’s upcoming Crew-2 mission is all smiles as we get nearer to launch. From the left is European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. (Image credit score: SpaceX)SpaceX is one week away from launching 4 astronauts into area for NASA to start a months-long trek to the International Space Station. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the astronauts on the Crew-2 mission for NASA on Thursday, April 22. Liftoff is about for 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT). The area company will maintain a Flight Readiness Review briefing right this moment, April 15, at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) to debate the mission. You can watch that dwell right here and comply with alongside on the high of this web page.The Crew-2 mission will launch from NASA’s historic Pad 39A on the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon Endeavour, which launched SpaceX’s first crewed flight for NASA (referred to as Demo-2) in May 2020, will launch the mission. Crew-2 will launch a four-person crew: NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The 4 area vacationers will be part of seven others aboard the station after they arrive on the station on April 23. Four of these crewmates launched on SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission and can return to Earth on April 28. The different three arrived earlier this month on a Russian Soyuz to start their very own prolonged keep. — Tariq Malik





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