UPDATE: NASA SpaceX Crew-2 Launch Scrubbed Due to Weather, Now Set for Friday at 5:49 a.m. EDT

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Launch set for Complex 39A at KSC

The launch of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station has been scrubbed for Thursday and is now set for 5:49 a.m. EDT Friday, April 23, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (NASA image0

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – The launch of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station has been scrubbed for Thursday and is now set for 5:49 a.m. EDT Friday, April 23, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

According to NASA, the scrub was due to unfavorable weather conditions forecast along the flight path for Thursday.

This is the second crew rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the first with two international partners. The flight follows certification by NASA for regular flights to the space station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

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

The Crew-2 flight will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur – who will serve as the mission’s spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively – along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)  astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who will serve as mission specialists to the space station for a six-month science mission.

NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they prepare to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal prior to the Crew-2 mission launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA Image)