Crew-2 timeline: From astronaut wakeup call to space station docking

Know these milestones leading up to and after liftoff

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough waves as he leaves the operations and checkout building before a launch attempt Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Four astronauts will fly on the SpaceX Crew mission to the International Space Station scheduled for launch on April 23, 2021. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough waves as he leaves the operations and checkout building before a launch attempt Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Four astronauts will fly on the SpaceX Crew mission to the International Space Station scheduled for launch on April 23, 2021. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Ahead of Friday’s Crew-2 mission liftoff with four astronauts from Florida, there are many critical moments leading up to the final seconds of the countdown.

NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, along with JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet are slated to launch from Kennedy Space Center Friday at 5:49 a.m. in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft named Endeavour.

The launch was originally planned for Thursday morning but pushed a day due to poor weather conditions. Two days out, the 45th Weather Squadron is predicting a 90% chance of favorable weather for the new Friday launch time.

After launching on a Falcon 9 rocket, the spacecraft will catch up to the International Space Station less than 24 hours later where the astronauts will dock, becoming the third crew to fly to the orbiting laboratory via SpaceX’s spacecraft. This will actually be the second trip for this Dragon spaceship as it previously docked at the ISS last year with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley during the Demo-2 test flight, which marked the first human spaceflight from Florida in nine years.

McArthur will now co-pilot the same spacecraft her husband, Behnken, flew in last year.

The Crew-2 astronauts are slated to spend six months living and working on the space station.

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