Countdown to Launch: NASA and SpaceX Crew-2 Mission

Liftoff set for Friday, April 23, at 5:49A EDT marks the second operational flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Four space explorers are heading to the International Space Station for a six-month stay. It will take them 23 hours to reach their destination.

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On Friday, April 23, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide are scheduled for liftoff in a refurbished SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A at 5:49A EDT. Crew-2 is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Saturday, April 24 at 5:10A EDT. The Crew Dragon, known as Endeavor, was the same spacecraft that flew last summer for the Demo-2 mission.

Crew-2 will continue the tradition of choosing a zero-g indicator. Previous zero-g indicators have been a plush Earth toy, a pink and blue dinosaur, and a plush baby Yoda. The item used to indicate zero gravity, when Crew-2 has reached space, is going to be revealed on launch day.

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Once Crew-2 reaches the International Space Station, they will be responsible for conducting about 260 scientific experiments including one that has the ability to increase research for the upcoming Artemis program.

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