Four more astronauts are looking forward to getting into orbit on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. NASA is targeting the launch of the Crew 2 mission to the International Space Station on April 22.
There will be some familiar hardware to help the new crew get off this rock. “The Falcon 9 used to launch this mission uses the same boosters as NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1, and the proven boosters will be used for the first time to launch the crew.” NASA said in a statement..
NASA TV will livestream the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd at 3:11 am PT. It takes about a day to arrive at the station.
NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough will be joined by Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. All four have already gone to space and you will be prompted Pesche tweeting in March, “I’m not going to show off, but this crew may have the most combined experience in spaceflight history!”
SpaceX and NASA are moving into the normal business phase of the Commercial Crew Program partnership. The early test flight went well,It went smoothly. Crew 2 is the Crew Dragon’s second crew rotation flight and the first flight with two international partner astronauts on board.
NASA is heading for the fall to launch the Crew-3 mission, which may take off as early as October 23. The Crew-2 aims to return to Earth shortly thereafter.
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