SpaceX launched four astronauts from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center early Friday on the company’s third mission carrying humans to the International Space Station.
As the second long-duration mission flying via SpaceX Crew Dragon, the four astronauts — two American, one Japanese and one European — make up the Crew-2 mission.
NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet launched Friday at 5:49 a.m. in the SpaceX Crew Dragon atop the Falcon 9 rocket.
The astronauts are now traveling in the Dragon Endeavour to the space station and will arrive Saturday morning.
Central Floridians were watching the sky Friday morning as the Crew-2 mission launched from the Space Coast.
Here are some of the best photos of the mission:
Liftoff! The Crew-2 mission lifts off on a @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from @NASAKennedy and is on the way to @Space_Station. More launch photos coming, keep checking back! https://t.co/56Am0ERBaK pic.twitter.com/cyOfCJMqtr— NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) April 23, 2021
Spectacular launch of the #CREW2 mission to the ISS this morning by @Spacex! Hard-working booster B1061 bent a leg on the Crew-1 flight, but nailed the landing this time. The "after party" noctilucent glow was simply amazing, then the rocket "set" over Jetty Park pier. 🥳 pic.twitter.com/9mwnUphhxK— JohnCn (@JConcilus) April 23, 2021