NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission Set to Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center Friday Morning at 5:49 a.m. ET

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Dragon spacecraft will lift off from Launch Complex 39A

LIVE VIDEO: Watch NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Launch to the International Space Station.

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station is on track for Friday, April 23, at 5:49 a.m. EDT.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon spacecraft will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will fly to the International Space Station for a six-month science mission.

Coverage of Crew-2 launch preparations and liftoff will begin at 1:30 a.m. Friday, April 23.

Launch coverage can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.

The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station Saturday, April 24, at approximately 5:10 a.m. EDT.

For an April 23 launch, the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron continues to predict a 90% chance of favorable weather conditions at the launch pad for liftoff based on Falcon 9 Crew Dragon launch weather criteria.

The primary weather concerns for the launch area will be flight through precipitation from isolated, low-topped coastal showers and onshore flow.

Conditions continue to improve along the flight path and recovery area for the mission.