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NASA will provide updated coverage of the upcoming pre-launch and launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station. The launch is now targeted for 5:49 am EDT Friday, April 23, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, due to unfavorable weather forecasts along the flight path for Thursday.

This is the second crew rotation flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon and the first with two international partners. The flight follows NASA certification for regular flights to the space station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

Crew Dragon is expected to dock to the space station at about 5:10 am on Saturday, April. 24. Pre-launch, launch and docking activities will be broadcast live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

The Crew-2 flight will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur – who will serve as the mission’s spacecraft controller and pilot, respectively – along with JAXA (Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut ( European Space Agency) Thomas Pesquet, who will serve as mission experts to the space station for a six-month science mission.

The deadline for media accreditation for the personal coverage of this launch has passed. More information on media accreditation is available by email:

All media participation in the following news conferences will be remote except where specifically listed below, and only a limited number of media will be accommodated in Kennedy due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Please note that Kennedy Press Site facilities will remain closed throughout these events for the protection of Kennedy employees and journalists, with the exception of a limited number of previously credited media.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission coverage is as follows (always Eastern):

Friday, April 23

1:30 am – NASA TV launch broadcast begins. NASA Television will have ongoing coverage, including docking, hatching opening, and welcome ceremony.

7:30 am (approx) – Postlaunch news conference with the following participants:

  • Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s interim administrator
  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Directorate of Human Exploration and Operations Mission, NASA Headquarters
  • Steve Stich, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program
  • Hiroshi Sasaki, vice president and director general, JAXA Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
  • Frank de Winne, manager, International Space Station Program, ESA
  • SpaceX Representative

The media can only ask questions over the phone. For the dial number and passcode, contact the Kennedy newsroom no later than 7 am on Thursday, April 22.

Saturday, April 24

5:10 am – Docking

7:15 am – Hatch Opening

7:45 am – Welcome Ceremony from the International Space Station with the following participants:

  • Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s interim administrator
  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Directorate of Human Exploration and Operations Mission, NASA Headquarters
  • Hiroshi Yamakawa, president, JAXA
  • Josef Aschbacher, director general, ESA

NASA TV Launch Comment

NASA’s live TV broadcast will begin at 1:30 am For NASA TV downlink information, schedules, and video streaming links, visit:

Only audio from the news conferences and launch coverage will take place on NASA’s “V” circuits, which can be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, “mission audio” counting activities, without NASA TV launch commentary, will take place at 321-867-7135.

On launch day, a “clean feed” of the launch without NASA TV commentary will be hosted on NASA’s television media channel. A launch will also be available at VHF local amateur radio frequency 146.940 MHz and UHF radio frequency 444.925 MHz, heard in Brevard County on the Space Coast.

NASA Website Launch Scope

Launch day coverage of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will be available on the agency’s website. The broadcasts will include live streaming and blog updates starting no earlier than 1:30 am on Friday, April 23, as the countdown milestones take place. On-demand streaming video and launch photos will be available shortly after lift-off. For questions about coverage in the count, contact Kennedy’s newsroom at: 321-867-2468. Follow the countdown on our launch blog at:

Public Participation

NASA is inviting the public to participate in virtual activities and events ahead of the launch. Members of the public can attend the launch virtually, receiving mission updates and opportunities typically reserved for on-site guests.

NASA’s virtual launch experience for Crew-2 includes curated launch resources, a digital boarding pass, notifications of NASA Social interaction, and the opportunity for a virtual launch passport stamp following a successful launch.

Sign up to receive email or RSVP updates to the Facebook event for social media updates to keep up to date with mission information, mission highlights, and interaction opportunities.

Print, fold, and get ready to fill out your virtual launch passport. Stamps will be sent by email following launches to all virtual attendees registered by email via Eventbrite.

Engage children and students in virtual, hands-on, family-friendly and educational activities through the Next Gen STEM Commercial Crew.

Watch and Engage on Social Media

Stay connected to the mission on social media via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica. Follow and tag these accounts:

NASA will provide a live video feed of Launch Complex 39A approximately 48 hours before the Crew-2 mission is scheduled to take off. Pending unlikely technical issues, the feed will be continuous until the pre-launch broadcast begins on NASA TV, approximately four hours before launch.

Once the feed is live, it will be available here:

Make sure you check out NASA en Espanol on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for more coverage in Spanish on Crew-2.

Para obtener información sobre cobertura en español en el Centro Espacial Kennedy o si desea juritar entrevistas en español, comuníquese con Kristina Irastorza 321-607-4073 y Antonia Jaramillo 321-501-8425.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has achieved its goal of safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station from the United States through partnership with American private industry. This partnership is changing the arc of the history of human spaceflight by opening access to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station to more people, more science, and more commercial opportunities. The space station remains the catalyst for NASA’s next big leap in space exploration, including future missions to the Moon and, eventually, to Mars.

For a NASA launch blog and more information on the mission, visit: