NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to ISS Set for April 22 from LC 39A at KSC
By Space Coast Daily // April 8, 2021
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BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station on a Falcon 9 rocket, is targeted for no earlier than Thursday, April 22, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County.
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This is the second crew rotation flight with astronauts on the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the first launch with two international partners as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur – who will serve as the mission’s spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively – along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who will serve as mission specialists.
After successfully docking at the space station, the astronauts of Crew-2 will join the Expedition 65 crew aboard the orbital outpost, including the Crew-1 astronauts, who are still aboard. The Crew-1 astronauts are targeted for return in the fall of 2021.
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry through a public-private partnership to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil.
The goal of the program is to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation to and from the space station, which will allow for additional research time and will increase the opportunity for discovery aboard humanity’s testbed for exploration.
The space station remains the springboard to NASA’s next great leap in space exploration, including future missions to the Moon and eventually to Mars.
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