SpaceX will launch the Crew-2 mission this Friday (23), which will depart from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, towards the International Space Station (ISS). The take-off, powered by the Falcon 9 rocket, is scheduled for 6:49 AM Brasilia time.
The second operational mission of Elon Musk’s aerospace company under the US space agency’s Crew-2 Commercial Crew Program will take four crew members on board. Among them will be NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) representative Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency (ESA) member Thomas Pesquet.
Originally scheduled for this Thursday (22), the launch had to be delayed one day due to “adverse weather conditions” in the region from which the flight was to depart. According to NASA, Crew Dragon is expected to arrive at the station about 24 hours after takeoff on Saturday morning.
Travelers aboard the spacecraft will conduct a series of scientific experiments in the orbital laboratory over the next six months, including the study of tissue chips and research related to microgravity. Like everyone who goes there, they will also help maintain the ISS.
How to watch it live
The live broadcast of the launch of the Crew-2 mission starts well before the takeoff of the Crew Dragon, with a schedule full of attractions. Starting at 2:30 am (Brasilia time), the live coverage of pre-launch events such as docking, hatch opening and the welcome ceremony will begin.
The departure is scheduled for 6:49 AM bearing in mind that it is conditioned for good weather conditions. All reporting is done through NASA’s YouTube channel (link below) and also on the agency’s website.
On Saturday, the same channels show the ship’s arrival at the ISS, from 6:10 am.