SpaceX Crew-2 Live And Mission Schedule
Play the video below to launch the live stream on April 23, 2021, 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time:
Friday, April 23, 2021
1:30 a.m. EST – NASA television launch coverage begins.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
5:10 a.m. EST – Docking
7:15 a.m. EST – Hatch opening
7:45 a.m. – Welcome Ceremony from the ISS
SpaceX Crew-2 Mission Overview
A SpaceX Crew Dragon space capsule will carry 4 astronauts (2 americans, 1 japanese and 1 french) towards the International Space Station (ISS), all members of the Expedition 65 crew. This is the third manned flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon, following successful “Demo-2” maiden flight on July 2020 and “Crew-1” flight on October 2020. Crew-2 is the first with two international partner astronauts. Launch is scheduled on April 23, 2021 from Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, LC-39A launch pad.
The Falcon 9 rocket that will be used uses the same booster as SpaceX Crew-1, and it is the same Crew Dragon capsule that astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken flew to the ISS for their Demo-2 mission.
The crew will spend several months aboard the ISS conducting science, such as medical technology, human health, and materials to benefit life on Earth. They will also conduct a series of spacewalks to install new solar arrays, increasing the station’s total available power from 160 KW to up to 215 KW.
Astronauts of Crew-2 will return to Earth in fall 2021.
SpaceX Crew-2 mission patch
The determined expression of the Dragon reflects the strength of the crew and their contribution to the exploration of space.
The 5 large stars represent the 5 partner space agencies coopering the ISS program (NASA, Roscosmos, ESA, JAXA, CSA).
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Crew-2 mission patch: NASA/JSC Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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