Four astronauts from all over the world will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in a few hours.
Weather permitting, SpaceX and NASA will be ready to take off on Friday at 10.49 a.m. CET (5.49 a.m. CET) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
You can follow the launch on the SpaceX website and YouTube channel.
The Crew Dragon capsule has already flown to the ISS three times, two of which were test flights.
It is only the second manned space flight with astronauts on the Crew Dragon and the first launch with two international partners as part of NASA’s commercial crew program in collaboration with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
If everything goes according to plan, the four astronauts will launch aboard the Dragon Endeavor crew attached to SpaceX’s legendary Falcon 9 rocket on Friday.
Follow the launch activities and learn more about the mission at Official Crew 2 site of NASA
The US Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron continues to forecast a 90 percent chance of favorable weather conditions on the launch pad on Friday.
The Falcon 9 successfully started the Crew 1 mission of astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley on board the Dragon last May.
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will accompany NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, as well as astronaut Akihiko Hoshide from Jaxa (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), who is leaving for the ISS on Friday’s Crew 2 mission .
It is Pesquet’s second trip to the ISS and he will be the commander of the ISS for the final month of his stay.
The mission will include a series of scientific experiments on the ISS that will address human research, biology, fluid dynamics, materials science, and environmental science.
The immediate launch window was originally opened on Thursday at 11:11 a.m.CET, but weather conditions were too poor and the mission is now placing its hopes on the backup launch time on Friday.
After successfully docking with the space station, the crew 2 astronauts of Expedition 65 will join the orbit outpost, including the crew 1 astronauts still on board.
After approximately six months, Dragon and her Crew-2 astronauts will be leaving the ISS on October 31 at the earliest to return to Earth and splash in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida.
The Crew 1 astronauts are scheduled to return in late April or early May.