SpaceX and NASA launch second commercial crew rotation mission to International Space Station, Science News

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Elon Musk’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration and SpaceX will launch the second commercial crew rotation mission to the International Space Station.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will transport astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard the aircraft. ‘a Crew Dragon spacecraft launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket on its way to the space station.

The mission is scheduled to take off no earlier than April 20 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

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The crew are scheduled for an extended stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, spending several months doing science and maintenance work before the four astronauts return to Earth in the fall.

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